Pre-Veterinary Summer Internship Program
The Dawn & Wes Downs Pre-Veterinary Internship (formerly known as Caine Center Summer Pre-Veterinary Internship)
is designed to provide work experience for a pre-veterinary student pursuing a career in food animal veterinary
medicine. This 10-week summer internship provides a unique opportunity for students to gain valuable training and
hands-on experience within a university teaching and research setting focused on food animal production, medicine,
diagnostics, and surgery. Eligible students must be Idaho residents, have been pursuing full-time credits, and
completed their sophomore year (by credits) in Pre-Vet Science, with the intention of attending veterinary school
upon completion of a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Idaho.
In addition to the internship experience, a scholarship ($5,000) is awarded to the intern through an endowed gift
from the J.A. Wedum Foundation administered by the University of Idaho Foundation, and the Animal and Veterinary
Science Department of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Zachary Reynolds has been selected for the 2015 Pre-Vet Summer Internship, and began his
internship at the Caine Center on May 18.
My name is Zack Reynolds and I’m a Junior in the Animal and Veterinary Science: Science/Pre-Veterinary option major
at the University of Idaho. I’m from Kuna, ID, where my family raises about 100 registered Black Angus cow/calf pairs,
selling the yearling bulls to commercial producers as seedstock via private treaty. I was active in 4-H and FFA
growing up and I exhibited market and breeding cattle at our local and state fair for ten years. I also served as our
FFA chapter’s president and participated in several Career Development Events, competing nationally in Farm Business
Management, Meats Evaluation and Technology, and Agronomy. At the University of Idaho, I’ve become active in the
Livestock Judging and Dairy clubs, in addition to serving as the president of the Agricultural Student Affairs
Council. I also worked for Dr. Matt Doumit in the AVS department, assisting his graduate students with their research
in the area of Meat Science and this coming year, I’ll continue an internship with the CALS Academic Programs Office,
where I’m working to improve the existing peer mentoring program.
I pursued this internship because I want to be a large animal veterinarian and while I have good grades and lots
of experience with large animals, I’ve had very little interaction with veterinarians in a clinical setting. The
Caine Veterinary Teaching Center will provide me with that opportunity, in addition to exposing me to other areas
related to veterinary medicine, such as clinical pathology, bacteriology, and histopathology, which I may pursue as a
specialization after vet school. I also hope to work closely with 4-H clubs and FFA chapters around my veterinary
practice to help repay the benefit that I gained from those organizations in my youth.
2015 Pre-Vet Intern, Zachary Reynolds (center) with Dawn & Wes Downs, June 26, 2015