S.T.E.M. Programs

Veterinary Medicine

Train to be a veterinarian at the NSLC on Veterinary Medicine.
  • Level: High School
  • Grades: Enrolled in 9-12
  • Length: 9 days
Do you have a special passion for animals or pet care? Do the fields of biology, zoology, and medicine pique your interest? At the NSLC on Veterinary Medicine, you will get to step into the veterinary world and learn animal handling techniques, receive lectures on a variety of specialties in veterinary medicine, and receive training for important clinical skills.

Program Highlights

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Clinical experiences
Learn and practice suturing and animal restraint techniques.

Visit medical facilities
Interact with practicing veterinarians, veterinary students, and nurses in veterinary hospitals.

Clinical Simulation
Participate in a challenging patient diagnostic simulation.

Dates & Locations

Hands-On Simulations

Learn what it takes to work with animals in an everchanging profession! The NSLC program will allow you to practice relevant, hands-on skills, including: suturing, performing a physical exam, preparing yourself and your patient for surgery, and giving injections. You will use your communication skills to visit a client with a pet and, with your team, diagnose the animal and come up with a treatment plan! In addition, the NSLC will introduce you to various different career paths within the veterinary field.
While at the NSLC you will:

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Meet Biotechnology Professionals

While at the NSLC’s veterinary medicine summer program for high school students, you will meet with and learn from professionals in the veterinary world.
Examples of past guest speakers include:

Dr. Andrew Hoffman, DVM, DVSc
Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of Veterinary Medicine, Penn Vet

Dr. Elizabeth Arbittier, BA, VMD
Clinical Equine Field Service, Penn Vet

Dr. Amy Durham, BA, MS, VMD
Faculty Director of Comparative Pathology, Penn Vet

Robert DiMeo
Director for Admissions, Penn Vet

Dr. Erica Miller, DVM
Wildlife Veterinarian

Dr. Paul Rothman
CEO, Johns Hopkins Medicine

Behind-the-Scenes Tours

An important part of the NSLC is seeing the sites around some of our nation’s greatest cities. These trips are designed as both sightseeing tours and exclusive educational trips specifically tailored to the area of veterinary medicine.
Trips may include:

UPenn School of Veterinary Medicine

  • University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Ryan Veterinary Hospital for Small Animals
  • The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
  • Philadelphia Zoo
  • Adventure Aquarium
  • Independence National Historical Park

Leadership Training

At the heart of the NSLC is a leadership curriculum designed to build concrete leadership skills that will help you succeed. Interactive lectures and small-group workshops will give you an opportunity to build upon your strengths and minimize your weaknesses.
Leadership topics tailored to Veterinary Medicine include:


Program tuition includes housing, all on-campus meals, course materials, academic expenses, and activities. Tuition also includes chartered, air-conditioned motor coaches for off-campus briefings and tours. 

Note: Students are responsible for the cost of travel to and from the program as well as individual spending money for souvenirs, laundry, and a few off-campus meals during fields trips and tours.

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