Northwest Bovine Veterinary Experience Program
About the Program:
The Northwest Veterinary Experience Program (NW-BVEP) is an experiential learning program funded by the gracious
gifts and grants from the United Dairymen of Idaho, Boehringer-Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., Zoetis, Inc., Agri-Beef
Livestock Company, Washington Dairy Products Commission University of Idaho/Animal Veterinary Science Department, and
Washington State University/College of Veterinary Medicine. The immediate goals of this program are to engage
veterinary students early in their veterinary education and training to expose them to industry-relevant livestock
operations and to the veterinarians who service those operations. The long term goals are to increase the number of
veterinary students who are interested in agriculture animal veterinary medicine as a career, to expose students to
the realities of modern food production, and to increase the number of food service veterinarians.
Veterinary students who will complete their first or second year and are in good standing with the College of
Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University or Montana, Utah (WIMU) program may apply. Enthusiasm for
learning is much more important than previous experience with livestock. However, experience working with
individuals of both genders, of diverse cultural background, and communication skills in Spanish will be an advantage
for the students selected for this busy work schedule.
Application Deadline: February 12, 2016
Wages to Student:
Students who are selected for placement through this program will be temporary employees of the University of Idaho
for six or more continuous weeks of participation and will receive $3,500 (less applicable federal and state taxes)
per six weeks of employment. Students will be paid every two weeks during their summer experience.
During the week of April 4th, 2016, selected students will have scheduled time with a representative of
the University of Idaho Payroll Services office to complete required employment paperwork and get computerized
electronic timesheets. Please Note: To verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States,
original documents only must be presented when completing employment paperwork, i.e. driver's
license, passport, SS card, birth certificate, etc., and will be returned. Copies are not acceptable.
Time Commitment and Program Requirements for Summer 2016:
Participants will work with commercial cattle operations (ex. dairy; beef feedlot) for six or more continuous
weeks. The start dates are semi-flexible, and will be arranged (as much as possible) to be mutually convenient for
the livestock operation and the student. For the Summer of 2016, two "rotations" are available with beginning and
ending dates as follows: I = May 9, 2016 through June 18, 2016; II = June 20, 2016 through July 31, 2016. On the
application form, please select the "rotation" that most closely aligns with your availability. In order to
coordinate administrative activities, start dates and end dates will need to be aligned with the scheduled
pay-periods of the University of Idaho. Those exact dates will be provided when arrangements for placement are made.
Official time commitments are restricted by employment rules/regulations/policy to <= 40 hrs per calendar
week (Sunday through Saturday) and <= 80 hrs per two-week pay-period.
The program is designed to occur during the summer vacation period for 1st- and 2nd-year
veterinary students. Students are required to contact a program mentor on a weekly basis to discuss the student's
progress and impressions of the experience, and to resolve any issues that may arise. It is also expected that the
Year 2 students will assist as mentors in guiding the Year 1 students.
The student will work with the owner or herdsman to learn about the major jobs on the facility, by working at those
jobs. At a dairy, the areas of training would include delivering calves, raising calves, milking cows, feeding cows,
breeding cows, treating sick cows, record keeping, and working with the veterinarian during his/her visits. At a
feedlot, the areas of training will include handling cattle, detection of sick animals, receiving, processing,
starting cattle on feed, loading-out of finished cattle, working with personnel at the feedmill, feed truck drivers,
processing/hospital crew, and assisting veterinarians during their visits to the feed yard. The student will usually
schedule work 5 to 5-½ days (40 official hours) per week by agreement with the manager. Approximately six (6)
positions are available for 1st-year students during the summer of 2016. Selections will be made by
February 19, 2016, and students will be notified thereafter.
Successful Year 1 applicants are encouraged to take advantage of the Year 2 training experience. The goal is to get
students hands-on training and relevant clinical experience early in their veterinary education which they can build
upon in more advanced courses. During Year 2, students will work with veterinarians and/or veterinary groups that
service livestock operations. Within special circumstances students may have the opportunity to participate in
clinical investigations being conducted at these operations. The student will usually schedule work 5 to 5-½
days (40 official hours) per week by agreement with their mentor. While returning 2nd-year students
will be "automatically accepted" to participate in the summer of 2016, those students must complete and submit an
application in order to initiate the process for inclusion.
Meals, housing, and travel are the responsibility of the student. Housing at some locations has not been easy to
arrange. Some livestock units and some veterinary clinics have free housing suitable for the student. Students also
may arrange their own housing near participating operations. The faculty members and previous participants who are
familiar with the area will help you make contacts for housing. Limited housing may be available through the Caine
Veterinary Teaching Center. Living at housing near the CVTC will allow students to interact with senior students on
concurrent advanced clinical blocks at this facility, and meet the CVTC faculty and staff. If you have potential
housing near one of the participating operations and would like to be placed there please let us know.
Previous participants in the NW-BVEP will conduct discussions to describe their experiences and answer questions
of potential applicants.
For the 2016 program, completed application forms are to be completed electronically using the URL shown below by
February 12, 2016. Application form — see URL below.
Application URL: https://wsu.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_a2zV7vwsRGY70EJ
Who to contact with questions:
Faculty members of the University of Idaho and other individuals at both University of Idaho and Washington State
University/College of Veterinary Medicine are instrumental in the coordination and success of this program. Please
direct questions about the NW-BVEP to Dr. James J. England of the University of Idaho, Caine Veterinary Teaching
Center; or to Dr. Andy Allen of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University.
Dr. James J. England
University of Idaho
Caine Veterinary Teaching Center
1020 E. Homedale Road
Caldwell, ID 83607
Phone: (208) 454-8657
Dr. Andy Allen
Washington State University
College of Veterinary Medicine
Pullman, WA 99164
Phone: (509) 335-0787
Friday February 12, 2016: Online applications are due. Application URL: https://wsu.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_a2zV7vwsRGY70EJ
Tuesday February 23, 2016: Initial offers extended for successful applicants. We ask
that you either accept or decline the offer in writing by Feb 29, 2016.
Week of April 4, 2016 (specific date and location to be announced): Meet with representatives
of University of Idaho Payroll Services to complete employment paperwork.
- In previous years, some students in the 2nd-year experience have participated in clinical research
trials that have or will lead to publications in peer reviewed journals; and, may be used as their senior papers.
If you are interested in veterinary research, please indicate it on the application. Ideas for such projects will
be considered; however, planning, approvals, designs and analysis may require advanced work by involved personnel.
- One position is available for beef feedlot experience. This is a longer program (12 weeks/year) and is for two
consecutive summers. Year 1, you will work on the feedlot gaining experience and ideas for a research trial. In
Year 2, you will organize, implement and interpret the research. This is an outstanding opportunity for
those interested in feedlot medicine. Contact Dr. Allen for more details.
During the 8-year period of 2008 through 2015, sixty-two (62) students have completed one or more years of the
NW-BVEP. Their names are listed in the following table. Feel free to contact any of these past participants whom you
may know to discuss their experience and learn more about the NW-BVEP.
||Ramsey, Kirk C.
||Van Dusen, Catherine