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About the Program

The Enrichment Summer Program (ESP) provides academic preparation, leadership development, 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 residential program held in June at Michigan State University. Campus lodging and meals are supported by the College, enabling students to fully immerse in Program activities, which include a DVM simulated-curriculum.

  • Week one offers didactic coursework, including a hands-on anatomy laboratory.
  • Week two is focused on leadership development.
  • Week three provides clerkship shadowing in the Veterinary Medical Center.

Download more information about this exciting opportunity here.


Michigan permanent resident

Well-qualified student from underrepresented background

Completion of at least 50 percent of DVM prerequisite courses by the start of the program

Minimum grade point average of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for completed DVM science pre-requisites

Minimum of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the last 45 credits earned Intent to apply to a professional DVM program in the next Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) application cycle

Application and Materials

The 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.

  • Free online application
  • Official transcript from your current institution and unofficial transcript(s) from previous 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)


  • Receive intensive preparation for professional school
  • Obtain exposure to the diverse professional opportunities in veterinary medicine
  • Develop more efficient study and test strategies
  • Gain field and clinical experience with multiple species of animals
  • Engage in specialized science disciplines
  • Create lifelong bonds with fellow students from across the state of Michigan
  • Experience life on the beautiful MSU campus
  • Spend time with faculty mentors
  • Attend seminars on communications, leadership, and preparing the Veterinary Medical School Application Service (VMCAS)


Where will I be housed on campus for the program?

On-campus housing is provided as part of the program at no cost to the student. Campus housing is at Owen Graduate Hall. Accommodations are suitemate style rooms—single rooms with a shared bathroom. Suitemates are same-sex in accordance to housing policy. Click here for details.

Is there public transportation on-campus?

The CATA (Capital Area Transportation Authority) provides public transportation; the cost is not covered by the program. Bus routes are scheduled at the perimeter of campus, not on-campus, in the summer months. Click here for more information.

What is the dress code?

Dress is casual. Bring sneakers/walking shoes. Teaching hospital shadowing week and scheduled activities with the administration require business casual attire. The dairy farm trip requires closed-toe boots and clothing that can get dirty. Do not bring scrubs as they are not required nor recommended for program students.

What are my dining options as part of the program?

Dining on-campus is covered by the program at The Vista at Shaw Hall. Click here for more information.

Are there gyms available? Is there any cost?

Campus has multiple intramural sports facilities within walking distance of Owen Graduate Hall. Please visit their website for details, hours, and cost.

Is parking provided on-campus? What is the proximity to where we live?

The program will furnish a parking permit allowing for parking within walking distance to housing and the College. The lot is located across the street from the Owen Graduate Hall.

What materials will the program provide?

All program students will check out materials including course textbooks, lab coat, a lock for a locker, and coveralls. Other supplies, disposable or provided for specific courses, include boot sleeve covers, gloves, goggles, and a dissection kit.