We believe that work experience is a very important part of student's learning. We also believe that working in summer can help reduce veterinary students mounting debt load!
Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP) is a collaboration of the California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) and second and third-year veterinary students at UC Davis and Western University of Health Sciences. We have joined forces with them to offer students the opportunity to come and work with us for a one or two-week rotation, or even the whole summer! We feel that providing students with real-life, in-hospital, hands-on experience they will gain invaluable skills and exposure to their chosen industry!
Name: Stephanie Lo
Hometown: Piedmont, California
School: UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
Why did you decide to become a vet?
I decided to become a vet because like most vet students, I enjoy working with animals. Veterinary medicine is a combination of science, problem solving and interacting with pets and their owners - three things I love! I also like that being a vet involves continually learning new things and educating pet owners.
What are you looking forward to most about being a vet?
I'm looking forward to making a difference in the lives of animals and people. I truly believe that the human-animal bond is a powerful relationship between people and their pets. As a vet, I will be able to witness this bond on a daily basis. And by helping animals, I will be able to help enhance the lives of people.
What is the most interesting thing you have done/learned at vet school?
During my spring semester, we had an ultrasound lab using the UC Davis teaching colony dogs. Learning how to do a basic abdominal ultrasound was an awesome hands-on experience with my classmates!