Overview

The Pre-Veterinary Medicine Program is an immersion experience for junior and senior high school students interested in working with and healing animals. 

Pre-college programs at UMass combine all the major elements of college, including great academics, living in a residence hall, and eating in our award-winning dining commons. Of course, it takes a little help to adjust to life on a college campus, so we have great live-in program assistants who are specially trained to help you get used to a new environment, both geographic and social. We have lots of great events in the evenings and on weekends that help you connect with other pre-college students.

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The Pre-Veterinary Medicine Program is an immersion experience for 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 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 complete hands-on rotations in basic comparative anatomy and physiology, animal handling and restraint, and overviews of veterinary pharmacology, parasitology, biosecurity, diagnostic imaging, and obstetrics.

The schedule for the program consists of short lectures and discussions on the UMass main campus in addition to hands-on modules at the University’s Hadley and South Deerfield Farms. During hands-on modules, students will interact with Polled Dorset sheep, Boer goats, and Belted Galloway cattle.

Course Objectives - Students completing this course should be able to:

  • recognize and use some basic veterinary terminology
  • explain basic mammalian and avian digestive, skeletal, and reproductive anatomy and physiology
  • perform livestock handling, restraint, and basic physical assessments
  • describe some common veterinary therapeutics and the laws regarding their use
  • understand fundamentals of radiography and ultrasonography and perform a transabdominal reproductive ultrasound examination on a sheep
  • describe basic similarities and differences between zoo, wildlife, and exotic animal care and management
  • discuss how various management practices impact animal health, welfare, and productivity
  • develop a personalized plan of action (completion of academic requirements and animal experiences) for becoming a competitive veterinary school applicant

Cost and Session Information

Dates: June 28 - July 11, 2020

Two-Week Intensives (with two academic credits): $3,145

Program fees include tuition, housing, a full meal plan, co-curricular activities, and a one-time registration fee. All students receive a UMass student ID card (UCard) as well as access to the campus Recreation Center.

Students living in or near Amherst, MA may apply to attend as commuter students. Commuter students must have their own transportation to and from campus.

For commuter pricing and information about the scholarships, please visit: http://www.umass.edu/summer/pre-college-fees

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