University of Kentucky to Host Inaugural Pre-Veterinary Experience Day Feb. 17

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by Holly Wiemers

The University of Kentucky Pre-Veterinary Advising Program, in conjunction with UK Ag Equine Programs and the Kentucky Horse Council, will host an inaugural Pre-Veterinary Experience Day Feb. 17 at the Kentucky Horse Park. The day-long event is open to all college students with an interest in veterinary medicine.

The event offers attendees insight into current veterinary medicine issues, addressing topics such as student debt, mental health and work-life balance.

“Many students have an interest in becoming a veterinarian, but finding the best pre-vet pathway can sometimes be challenging,” said Colette Tebeau, event organizer and pre-veterinary academic coordinator within the UK Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences. “This event is designed to provide clarity on application requirements while introducing students to current industry challenges and many available opportunities within veterinary medicine.”

During the morning session, attendees will choose between informational sessions based on their level of knowledge and preparation for veterinary school. Those early in their pre-veterinary pathway investigation may select sessions focused on assessing veterinary schools and preparing a competitive veterinary school application. Those students further along in the process can opt into sessions providing insight into the Veterinary Medical College Application Service application and the diverse veterinary career possibilities.

In the afternoon, students will participate in one of four veterinary career path explorations with focus options including companion/small animal, livestock, equine or government/academia. These tours will allow attendees an opportunity to view a veterinary facility and learn more from a professional in their specific area of interest.

There is an optional dinner event for attendees featuring networking opportunities.

“My hope is our Pre-Veterinary Experience Day will ignite our participants’ passion while providing necessary information to pursue a career in veterinary medicine,” Tebeau said.

The cost to attend is $25 per ticket. Space is limited and spots are expected to fill quickly. Registration opens Dec. 1 at

Writer: Holly Wiemers,

The Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is an Equal Opportunity Organization with respect to education and employment and authorization to provide research, education information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function without regard to economic or social status and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, age, veteran status, physical or mental disability or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. 

Contact: Colette Tebeau,