VASCI Offers First Pre-College Course for High School Students

Application was competitive with two-thirds of enrolled students travelling from across the country to attend this rigorous and exciting new course led by Dr. Beltaire and two VASCI seniors, Olivia Mansfield and Egle Tamulynas-Mendoza.

During the one-week immersion experience, high school students learned about (1) the field of veterinary medicine, (2) the steps involved in completing a pre-veterinary undergraduate program and becoming a competitive candidate for application to veterinary school, and (3) the time and financial commitments involved in choosing this career path.

Students also attended stimulating lectures and completed hands-on rotations with the UMass Polled Dorset sheep, Boer goats, and Belted Galloway cattle, including animal handling and restraint, diagnostic imaging, obstetrics, and comparative digestive anatomy. On the last day of the course, students had the special treat of attending a raptor rehabilitation program conducted by Mr. Tom Ricardi of the Massachusetts Bird of Prey Rehabilitation Facility.