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Northwest Bovine Veterinary Experience Program

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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.

Applicant Requirements:
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.

Year 1:
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.

Year 2:
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.

Living Arrangements:
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:

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

Important Dates:

Friday February 12, 2016:  Online applications are due. Application URL:

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.

Previous Participants:
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.

Adams, Betsy Hastings, Heather Parnell, Kelly Wilkinson, Jarrod
Allan, Travis Hergert, Heather Peterson, Brenee Wilson, Jennifer
Bradford, Robert Himmel, Caitlin Pierce, Ann Witzel, Matt
Bruce, Josalyn Hoffman, Alea Rademacher, Ryan Zimmerman, Jessica
Carreon, Gus Jarvis, Sarah Ramsey, Kirk C.  
Chew, Katrina Johnson, Chelsey Redden, Trevor  
Coleman, Christine Jurgielewicz, James Quirk, Tracy  
Cyrus, Jillian Kartchner, Devon Shutter, Rachel  
Durand, Alison Konzek, Kristen Slosar, Chelsey  
Fitterer, Carolyn Leonard, Robin Stevenson, Jill  
Floren, Helen Lieu, Dana Sustacha, Tessa  
Gavin, Kevin Louder, Craig Taylor, Heather  
Gibbs, Tim Martindale, Teri Tiede, Leslie  
Gutierrez, Kathleen Morley, Scott Trice, Jennifer  
Hamacher, Blair Moss, Jonathan Tripp, Holt  
Hamblin, Rachael Noall, David Van Dusen, Catherine  
Hansen, Billy Nolasco, Pam VanderPloeg, Scott  
Harding, Ashlee Odash, Anna Walling, Randy  
Harmer, Daniel Olson, Abigail Waters, Holly  
Hartman, Katrina Panata, Barbara Wemple, Ariana  
University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences