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Preprofessional Opportunities

San Diego Zoo - Animal Care Internship Opportunities


Deadline: Early January


Students must be from a disadvantaged background* and upon the time of application, must: - Be at least 18 years or older - Have a minimum of one year of undergraduate biology and/or chemistry courses completed - Have a minimum 3.0 GPA in all sciences and cumulative coursework - Have some veterinary and/or animal-related experience - SEP is open to all students, regardless of residency status, including international. However, students who are or previously were enrolled in an international veterinary medicine program are not eligible for SEP.


The Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) began over 25 years ago and has welcomed students from around the world. It is designed to provide disadvantaged students with activities that will enhance their veterinary school applications. The five-week intensive summer program accommodates 12-20 students and will begin in June (with orientation) and end in July.

Program Overview

Students obtain some veterinary experience through rotations at the UC Davis Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital. Rotations may include Community Medicine, Small Animal Surgery, Equine Medicine, Equine Surgery, CAPE (Exotics), Behavior, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, and more. Additionally, professionals in, but not limited to, the veterinary medicine field present on their specialties and career paths. 

SEP also provides opportunities to learn more about how to strengthen veterinary school applications through resume and personal statement workshops and GRE study sessions led by a current veterinary student. Students also participate in mock Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs).


The program runs for the entire five weeks, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Each day follows the same schedule, with morning clinical rotations and afternoon lectures, presentations, and/or workshops.