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Spending a Week in the Life of a Veterinary School Student at Penn Vet


Posted on September 20, 2018 by Morgan Harvey '19, Delaware Valley University Animal Science Major.

Courtesy: Morgan Harvey '19 Morgan Harvey '19.

The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine is a world-renowned hospital devoted to improving the lives of all animals. This summer, I was fortunate enough to be accepted into their Summer VETS (Veterinary Exploration Through Science) program and had the opportunity to learn a lot about the school itself and the field of veterinary medicine.

During my week-long stay at the veterinary school, I had the chance to experience firsthand what it is like to be a student at Penn Vet. We had two days of clinical rotations where I observed radiology and emergency services, and the other days were spent either in the classroom or on tours of the University’s facilities. Some of the lectures included biosecurity, financial aid, admissions, and how to specialize in different fields of veterinary medicine.

At points throughout the week, each student in the program was given an opportunity to meet one-on-one with an admissions counselor to discuss any concerns or questions we may have had. Considering I was applying at the time I attended this, I took full advantage and asked lots of important questions about what I really needed to do to secure a place in a veterinary school. Between that meeting and the information, I received during the rest of the program, I was able to reassure myself that vet school is definitely where I want to be when I graduate from DelVal.

One of the most important things I learned from being a part of this program is that all colleges, Ivy League or not, are what you make them, especially in veterinary school. In the end, it does not matter where you went to school, because every vet holds the same title when they are finished – what matters is attending a school where you can get the best education for the field you want to go into when you leave. Going to an expensive school with a good name does not matter if they cannot teach you the information you will need to be a top-notch professional, whether that is working with lab rats, cows, dogs, cats, or elephants in Africa.

Veterinary medicine is a career that definitely takes a passion, and at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, this passion is within every single doctor, nurse, and staff member. I consider myself very fortunate to have had this opportunity and am glad I got to spend a week in the life of a veterinary school student.

About the Author
Morgan Harvey is a member of Delaware Valley University's Class of 2019. Morgan, Vincent Meo '19, and Michelle Larkin '21 traveled to Penn Vet during summer 2018 for the Summer VETS program. Morgan is involved on campus as a writing center tutor and peer mentor. She is also treasurer of the University's Dressage Team and is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society.