Northwest Bovine Veterinary Experience Program
The Northwest Bovine Veterinary Experience Program (NW-BVEP) is designed to expose veterinary students to the
Northwest's large scale cattle facilities and management (Year One) and then to mentoring by practicing food animal
veterinarians (Year Two). Each participant will spend six weeks during the summer working on a dairy farm or local
food animal veterinary practice.
Veterinary students who have completed their first or second year and are in good standing with the College of
Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University may apply. Enthusiasm for learning is much more important than
previous experience with livestock. However, experience working with individuals of both sexes, of diverse
cultural background, and communication in languages different from English will be an advantage for the students
selected for this busy work schedule.
Application period for the 2015 Program is now closed. Selections will be made and students notified by February 20, 2015.
Housing will be arranged on the farm, at the University of Idaho Caine Veterinary Teaching Center (at Caldwell), or
by the participants. The student is to be a worker in training, and is expected to rotate and be trained into all
areas including delivering calves, calf raising, milking, feeding, treating sick cows, record keeping, preventive
medical programs, and assisting the veterinarian during visits to the farm.
Students enrolled in the NW-BVEP will receive $3,500 (less applicable Federal and state taxes) for their efforts
during the six weeks each year of the program. They are not required to be compensated by the collaborating dairies
or veterinary clinics.
Online applications for the 2015 Summer Northwest Bovine Veterinary
Experience Program are now closed.