CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University will host a week-long Summer Veterinary Experience for high-achieving high school students from underrepresented populations, including many from low-income families.

The experience, which will be held Aug. 5-10, is designed to give the 26 participants a hands-on look at the veterinary profession. Among the program’s goals are to increase diversity in the veterinary student population, and ultimately, in the veterinary profession.

“Our faculty work hard to provide interesting, real-world classes that will engage the interest of these talented young people,” said Dean Susan Tornquist. “Many past participants came to the program with a vague interest in veterinary medicine, among other fields, but they left with a passion for the profession.”

The participants will spend the week in dormitory rooms on the Corvallis campus. With the assistance of veterinary student-mentors, they will experience many aspects of college life while attending short courses in veterinary topics like equine acupuncture, small animal rehabilitation, surgery skills and other hands-on experiences. The participants will also work on a research project. The program emphasizes teamwork and leadership skills.

“Many of the attending students come from low-income families. This program gives them a glimpse into college life they may not have had otherwise,” said Tess Collins, the program’s admissions coordinator. “Our goal is to provide a realistic understanding of the field of veterinary medicine, and to get participants excited about higher education.”

Admission to the program is selective and based on academic performance, family income, ethnic background and other factors. Scholarships are available and provided by the college and Banfield Pet Hospital.

The application cycle for next year’s program opens in March 2019. For more information, visit

Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine

About the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine: The primary mission of the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine is to serve the people of Oregon and the various livestock and companion animal industries by furthering the understanding of animal medical practices and procedures. Through research, clinical practice and extension efforts in the community, the college provides Oregon's future veterinarians with one of the most comprehensive educations available anywhere.

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