The OSU Summer Veterinary Experience is a hands-on and engaging experience for academically talented high school students interested in veterinary medicine. We plan to host the 2023 Summer Veterinary Experience July 30th through August 4th. This is a residential program and participants stay on the Oregon State Corvallis campus for the duration of the program. There is a competitive application process as we receive far more applications than have spots in the program. 

Summer Students

Mentors and instructors work with students to discover and explore their talents and understanding of the basic sciences, animal and human health, and social sciences. Throughout the experience, staff provide a supportive atmosphere, with emphasis on teamwork and open discussion. Participants also receive guidance on preparing for college and the financial aid process. While the schedule for the program varies slightly each year, we we offer sessions on undergraduate and DVM admissions, how to do a physical exam, a panel discussion with current DVM students, career panel discussion, tours, and much more!

Program Eligibility

To be eligible for the program, students must: 

(1) be able to attend the program in-person at our Corvallis campus;

(2) be a sophomore or junior in high school (entering junior or senior year in fall);

(3) have enrolled in science classes and received acceptable grades in these;

(4) have an interest in exploring veterinary medicine or another health-related career; and

(5) have demonstrated maturity, initiative and curiosity about the world in general.


The Summer Veterinary Experience has a competitive application process. Please complete the application if you would like to be considered. The application is open March 1 through April 15. We communicate decisions to applicants in early May. Please check back in March 2023 to access the application. 


The cost for the program this year will be $825. This includes room and board and all activities for the week. We have a limited number of full scholarships available to applicants who meet specific criteria. To be considered for a full scholarship, applicants must meet one or more of the following criteria:

(1) be of an ethnic or racial group underrepresented in the veterinary field;

(2) be a first-generation college student;

(3) be from a family with low socioeconomic status.


If you have questions about the program or your application, please contact one of the program coordinators: Tess Collins at or Sara Smith at

OSU’s COVID-19 response is a highly coordinated effort that is informed by federal, state and local health authority guidelines and is overseen by many within university leadership. We continue to work with local public health authorities to make determinations on risks and in-person activities. If accepted to the Summer Veterinary Experience, we will follow up with additional information on measures to keep participants safe and healthy.