June 14, 2021 8:26 AM

Beginning Monday, June 14, 2021, the MSU Veterinary Medical Center will allow clients into the building with patients. Find details here.

Any patient presented to the MSU Small Animal Emergency Service will undergo an initial medical evaluation to determine if urgent care is needed, and whether hospitalization is warranted. The MSU Small Animal Emergency Service will only hospitalize patients that our clinicians consider to be unstable or to have life-threatening conditions.

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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 2022, the program will be hosted virtually during week 1 and in person for weeks 2 and 3.

  • Week one (June 6-10) is focused on leadership development.
  • Week two (June 13-17) offers introductory-level didactic coursework, including a hands-on anatomy laboratory.
  • Week three (June 20-24) provides clinic shadowing from the Veterinary Medical Center.

Download more information here


  • Michigan permanent resident
  • Well-qualified student from underrepresented background
  • Completion of at least 50% 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
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    Application and Materials

    The free, online ESP application opens December 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)
    Find the free, online application here


    • 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)


      What is the dress code?

      We recommend business casual attire during virtual meetings in order to capture the experience of a professional setting.

      What materials will the program provide?

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