Summer Programs

The College of Veterinary Medicine offers a number of summer educational and internship opportunities for veterinary students.

  • The PIKE (Production Immersive Knowledge Experience) in the Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine is a 10-week program that gives students the opportunity to gain practical, hands-on experience and an inside look at production animal medicine.
     
  • SMARI (Swine Medicine Applied Research Internship) allows veterinary students the opportunity to create, plan and execute a swine medicine applied research project. Students will design, manage, implement and summarize a research project with live animal work either at the College of Veterinary Medicine in Ames or the Swine Medicine Education Center located in Audubon, Iowa.
     
  • DVIP (Dairy Veterinary Internship Program) gives veterinary students the opportunity to collaborate with leading veterinarians in the dairy veterinary medicine industry while not only learning the principles of dairy herd health and management, but designing and executing dairy field trials.
     
  • Participants in SVIP (Swine Veterinary Internship Program) collaborate with veterinarians at production systems and/or practices where they design and execute field trials with guidance from mentors. Students will design and execute diagnostic test sampling and implement the principles and methods of swine diagnostic collection, testing and interpretation.
     
Dairy Veterinary Internship Program
  • The College of Veterinary Medicine Summer Scholar Research Program is open to students who have completed their first and second year of study and is designed to introduce veterinary students to research in a wide array of areas such as clinical medicine, animal and human health. Some of the projects students have worked on in recent years including studying the effects of waiting room experiences on blood pressure measurements in cats, lowering intraocular pressure in dogs eyes and novel mechanisms of host manipulation by parasitic nematodes.