Historically Black Tuskegee University in Alabama has announced the Veterinary Science Training, Education and Preparation Institute (VET STEP). The summer program aims to increase interest among high school students for careers in veterinary medicine.
Two sessions will be held on the Tuskegee campus this summer. One is for ninth and tenth graders and the other for eleventh and twelfth graders. Each group will stay on campus for one week where they will attend classes and learn about the veterinary profession. Students will gain hands-on experience with caring for animals. Tuition for the program is $500 and includes room and board.
Ruby L. Perry, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Tuskegee University, stated that “our goal in the College of Veterinary Medicine is to encourage high school students with a desire to enter the veterinary medical profession to start preparing early for the rigorous curriculum. It is especially important for the students to have a strong foundation and excel in science and math courses. The VET STEP program gives the students an opportunity to understand how these courses become relevant with enhancing their learning experience.”
“Early exposure to the veterinary skills needed to be a veterinarian builds confidence and helps the students realize they can do this and that a career in veterinary medicine is worth pursuing,” added LaTia McCurdy, coordinator of veterinary recruitment.