The Summer Vet Program is a student’s ticket to the world of veterinary medicine. For students who are serious about becoming a veterinarian, this is a super opportunity to look into the real and sometimes gritty field of veterinary medicine. Through presentation, demonstrations, laboratory visits, and hands-on activities, students discover what modern veterinary medicine is about. Some of the activities of the program include:

  • Examining skeletons and learning how specimens are prepared;
  • Preparing for a career in veterinary medicine;
  • Emergency medicine & first aid;
  • Equine reproduction;
  • Cancer research;
  • Clinical observations at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital; and
  • Necropsy – Please note that this is a real animal autopsy and can make some students queasy.

Participants meet professors, practitioners and students in the discipline and have ample opportunity to talk with them. The 2019 schedule can be viewed here. Additional information about CSU’s professional veterinary medicine program can be found on the CVBMS website.

The 2020 Summer Vet Program will take place June 22 – 26, 2020 from 12:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Colorado State University. It is highly encouraged that students combine this experience with the SciTrek Program for a full day of science-based activities.

The application period for summer 2020 is currently CLOSED. If you would like to be added to our contact list for summer 2021, please submit the student’s name to our database. For questions and program inquiries, please contact the program coordinator, Courtney Butler at

Click here for application eligibility information

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Student with a cow
Students with a dog