John Tyler Green - VSEP 2007
UTCVM Class of 2015
The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine has contributed significantly to my development as a future veterinarian. In 2007, as a graduating high school senior, I was fortunate to be selected to participate in the Veterinary Summer Experience Program. This eight week program undoubtedly clarified my career interest in veterinary medicine. Thanks to the Summer Experience, I was able to explore the various facets of both large and small animal medicine. I now understand how veterinary medicine encompasses all aspects of animal health and how it extends to all areas of human-animal interaction. Through the Summer Experience Program, I was placed with Dr. R. Mark Burke, a solo, mixed animal practitioner, who has become a life-long mentor and friend. After completing the Veterinary Summer Experience Program, I was offered employment working under Dr. Burke. Since 2007, I have been given a vast amount of hands-on experience that I may have never encountered had it not been for the opportunity to participate in this program. This experience has already contributed to my success as veterinary student at UTCVM and will continue to aid me in my studies and future practice. The VSEP not only benefitted me through the experience of caring for animals, but I gained an appreciation for a career in the field of veterinary medicine as an entrepreneurial endeavor in communicating with clients, co-workers, and other professionals. Ultimately, the value of this opportunity is priceless as it gives the participants a thorough exploration of the endless career paths that this field offers and a motivation to diligently pursue oneís undergraduate and professional studies.
Brittany Mathes - VSEP 2004
UTCVM Class of 2012
The Veterinary Summer Experience Program provided me with my first tangible animal experience. The experience and knowledge that I gained through VSEP has kept me alive--both academically and physically (Iím sure my career path would be A LOT different if I never learned how to PROPERLY restrain a cat!!!). It ignited my dedication to academic excellence by allowing me to learn 3 things. First, I learned more and more about what I loved (animals). Second, I learned to love learning. Third, I learned I could GET PAID A LOT to learn about what I loved! Regardless of whether or not I had continued to pursue a career in veterinary medicine, I developed qualities that arenít specific to the veterinary field such as teamwork, accountability, and professionalism. The Veterinary Summer Experience Program helped me become the strong, determined "doctor in training" that I am!