About the Program
The Enrichment Summer Program (ESP) provides three weeks of veterinary experience focused on leadership development, academic preparation, and career knowledge for undergraduate students who have selected veterinary medicine as their career choice.
The Program focuses on developing well-qualified prospective students from underrepresented backgrounds and is open to undergraduate students who plan to apply to a professional Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program during the next application cycle.
ESP is a three-week program held in June and hosted by Michigan State University. In 2024, the program will be hosted from June 2 to June 21.
- Week one (June 3-7) is focused on leadership development.
- Week two (June 10-14) offers introductory-level didactic coursework, including a hands-on anatomy laboratory.
- Week three (June 17-21) provides clinic shadowing from the Veterinary Medical Center.
- Michigan permanent resident (or Memorandum of Understanding Institution)
- Well-qualified student from underrepresented background
- Completion of at least 75% of required prerequisites by the start of the program. Of those, science prerequisites must be completed with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- Minimum of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the last 36 credits earned
- Intent to apply to a professional DVM program in the next Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) application cycle OR intent to complete remaining prerequisites by the end of spring 2024.
Application and Materials
The free, online ESP application opens November 1 and closes January 31. Twelve positions are available for this exciting opportunity. All application materials must be received or postmarked (for items sent by U.S. mail) by January 31.
- Official transcript(s) from your current and previous post-secondary institution(s)
- One letter of recommendation signed on official letterhead (recommender must be related to veterinary or academic work and cannot be a family member or relative)
The ESP Experience
- Receive intensive preparation for professional school
- Obtain exposure to the diverse professional opportunities in veterinary medicine
- Gain exposure to field and clinical experience with multiple species of animals
- Engage in specialized science disciplines
- Create lifelong bonds with fellow participants from Michigan, Tuskegee University, and Tennessee State University
- Engage with faculty mentors
- Attend seminars on communications, leadership, and preparing the Veterinary Medical School Application Service (VMCAS)