Tuskegee University VET-STEP


The Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Science Training, Education and Preparation Institute (VET STEP) is a one-week residential program designed to introduce minority high school students to veterinary medicine. Students attend stimulating academic classes, participate in hands-on activities and laboratory exercises, prepare presentations, engage in stimulating discussions, and take part in field trips. 

About VET-STEP Program

Application Submission Instructions

VET STEP Application

VET STEP Checklist

VET STEP I Schedules...coming soon

VET STEP II Schedules...coming soon

VET STEP Medical Authorization

Program Agreement and Release of Liability Form

Essential Information

Recommendation Form


VET STEP Flyer...coming soon


Students completing the 8th and 9th grades with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 are invited to apply.

Application for 2018 will be available January 2018

VET-STEP I Program:


Conducting Research

Clinical Learning

Conceptual Learning

Introduction to Public Health

Anatomy I

Visit to the Goat Farm

Introduction to Laboratory Animal Medicine

Introduction to Veterinary Pathology

Advanced Biology

Introduction to Radiology


Honor students completing the 10th and 11th grades with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 are invited to apply.

Application for 2018 will be available January 2018

VET-STEP II Program: Topics/Activities

Anatomy II

Veterinary Emergency Medicine

Clinical Learning

Veterinary Pathology II

Equine Medicine

Animal Reproduction

Veterinary Public Health

Veterinary Parasitology

Small Animal Medicine

Large Animal Medicine

Other Information

Participants are required to stay on the Tuskegee University campus for the entire program. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from Tuskegee. Classroom instruction is from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. There are also regularly scheduled activities from 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. for the evenings. VET STEP begins with Orientation and check-in on Sunday and ends on Saturday with the closing program that highlights participant’s presentation and awards. Field trips are on Friday.


Minority students (GPA 2.7 for VET STEP I and 3.0 for VET STEP II) currently enrolled in 8th through 11th grades at the time of application.

If you have already attended VET-STEP I or II, you may not attend VET-STEP I or II, again. However, if you have successfully completed VET-STEP I, you may apply for VET-STEP II.

Application Process Go to our website:

https://www.tuskegee.edu/programs-courses/colleges-schools/cvm/cvm-vet-step. Click to ”Apply VET-STEP Now ”button. For additional information regarding the VET-STEP Institute and/or receipt of application forms, write or call:

Coordinator of Recruitment c/o ​VET-STEP Office (334) 727-8309; Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine Patterson Hall, Room A103 Tuskegee, Alabama 36088

Completed applications may be submitted online beginning January 1, 2018. The deadline for application is March 31, 2018. Early applications are encouraged. Please do not submit applications and related materials in binders, folders or other document presentation devices. The following materials must be included in all applications.

1. Two letters of recommendation, one from a science teacher and one from a counselor. In addition to the two required, a letter of recommendation may also be submitted from a veterinarian.

2. Complete official transcript that verifies G.P.A. Please do not send grade reports.

3. A two hundred (200) word, typed, double-spaced using 12 font, signed essay entitled, ”Why I Want to be a Veterinarian.”

4. Parental Consent form. Complete the Consent form online, print, sign, date, and e-mail to above address to the Coordinator of Veterinary Recruitment.

Selection Process: The selection committee will review the applications after the deadline, and notify each applicant of their decision. Applicants will be placed into three categories: accepted, alternate, or declined. Accepted applicants will be given three weeks to return their confirmation packet, which includes specific VET-STEP information and the Tuskegee University health form. If any accepted student does not meet the return packet deadline, then his/her VET-STEP position is forfeited and offered to the next person on the alternate list.

The VET-STEP Institutes are rigorous, dynamic programs, costing only $500.00 per session. This intensive professional school preparation offered at Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine should be undertaken by those students who are committed to meeting the challenges of a diverse health profession.

Tuskegee University is accredited with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, doctorate, and professional degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Tuskegee University