UMass Amherst Summer Pre-College: Pre-Veterinary Medicine

    UMass Amherst Summer Pre-College: Pre-Veterinary Medicine


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Online
    • Provided By: College
    • Session Start: July
    • Session Length: One Week
    • Entering Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Category: Academic
    • Sub-Categories: College Experience, Veterinary Medicine, Animals/Nature, Career Exploration
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    • Minimum Cost: $500 - $1,499
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    Learn about pre-college opportunities Summer Session 2021! Our online pre-college programs are designed to give you a preview of the UMass student experience, including college-level academics and being part of a learning community of high school students from all across the U.S. and the world.


    The Pre-Veterinary Medicine Program is an immersion experience for rising junior and senior high school students seeking to learn about (1) the field of veterinary medicine, (2) the steps involved in successfully completing a pre-veterinary undergraduate program and becoming a competitive candidate for applying to veterinary school, and (3) the time and financial commitments involved in choosing this career path.

    This one-week on-line program includes an overview of the veterinary profession and the academic preparation and animal experience required for becoming a competitive applicant to veterinary school. Students will attend on-line lectures, and complete remote rotations in basic comparative anatomy and physiology, animal handling and restraint, and overviews of veterinary pharmacology, clinical pathology, parasitology, diagnostic imaging, obstetrics, and wound management.

    You will:

    • Recognize and use basic veterinary terminology.
    • Explain basic comparative mammalian and avian anatomy and physiology.
    • Observe and practice animal handling, restraint, and physical assessments.
    • Describe common veterinary therapeutics, observe and/or practice their administration, and describe laws regarding their use.
    • Understand fundamentals of radiography, ultrasonography, magnetic resonance imaging, and computed tomography.
    • Describe basic similarities and differences between zoo and wildlife animal care and management.
    • Develop a personalized plan of action (completion of academic requirements and animal experiences) for becoming a competitive veterinary school applicant.

    Morning zoom sessions from 10:00am to 11:30amAfternoon zoom sessions from 1pm to 2:30pm

    In addition to the program fee, there is a $45 materials fee which includes the mailing of supplies to your home.

    For lab exercises, make sure to have one large stuffed animal at home (such as a dog or a cow/goat) that has a protruding muzzle (nose and mouth), floppy ears and/or horns, and legs that are at least 6 inches in length.

    In your letter of interest, describe your animal-related experiences, your long-term career goals, and what you hope to gain from the Pre-Veterinary Medicine class.In the letter of recommendation, ask your recommender to address your ability to remain focused and handle the rigors of an intense 1-week academic immersion course.

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