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About: Pre-Vet Program

About the BAE Pre-Vet Program

BAE Stables
295 Pine Creek Road
Walnut Creek, CA USA
(San Francisco, Bay Area)

Preview and prepare for the rigors and rewards of veterinary school life and various careers in vet medicine.
Limited to 50 students
For highly motivated students:
 Middle School • High School • Undergrads
Students are grouped with peers in their age and grade bracket.
Commuter and Residential enrollment options
Students attend from around the world, making BAE Pre-Vet Program a great opportunity for international networking.


Summer is a wonderful time for students to follow their passions. Explore the fascinating world of veterinary medicine at BAE Vet Program, featuring noted veterinarian, specialist surgeon, and author Jamie Textor, DVM, PhD. BAE PreVet Program offers the chance to study at the world’s top veterinary medicine teaching and research establishment, University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine.

Our frequently asked questions are answered  here.

BAE Pre-Vet Program is an intensive, dynamic five-day veterinary studies program focused on exotic, small, and large animals. BAE Pre-Vet program provides a collaborative and experiential approach to learning. Students can use their hours spent at BAE Pre-Vet Program on their academic résumé and college applications for veterinary schools. (Vet schools require practical and clinical experience working directly with a veterinarian when applying.)

BAE Pre-Vet Program offers a full curriculum of academics and hands-on workshops with a focus on the anatomy, physiology, health, and care of horses— perfect for the student who is considering becoming a veterinarian. The program includes exclusive workshops at UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine; Stanford University Red Barn Equestrian Center; Peninsula Equine Medical Center; Sherman Ranch Breeding Farm, and the Oakland Zoo Veterinary Hospital. (The program employs the professional charter services of Durham School Services to transport students by bus to and from off-site workshops.)

Students will study veterinary science, up-close-and-personal, through direct hands-on interactions and small group discussions, and will learn about:
• preventive medicine
• heart, eye, and brain through dissections (optional)
• suturing
• carbon dioxide and oxygen experiments
• podiatry and hoof care through horse farrier demonstrations
• equine digital radiography
• alternative medicine modalities (acupuncture; chiropractic; holistic approaches)
• the variety of technological concentrations within the field of vet medicine

At UC Davis, Dr. Textor will offer an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital and discuss how young people can work with horses and what it takes to become a veterinarian. Students will visit several departments, including the Clinical Pathology Department and the Materials Testing Laboratory of Susan Stover, DVM, PhD, where limbs, horseshoes, and track surfaces are mechanically tested for physical properties—demonstrating the interface between veterinary medicine and biomedical engineering.

Students will also learn about equine diagnostic imaging, oncology, dermatology, and regenerative medicine using stem cells. (Please note that BAE Pre-Vet Program mentors, workshops, and activities are subject to change.)

Residence Life
Students reside at BAE’s Guest House, which is located a short walk down the road from BAE Stables. Sleeping arrangements are in sleeping bags: slumber party style, in the Great Room (young men and women living in separate areas). Students enjoy exploring a delicious variety of culinary options (dietary preferences accommodated). Resident Program Assistants provide guidance, lead social activities, and enforce program policies.

Enrollment Options

BAE Pre-Vet Program offers Commuter, Residential and Exclusive Workshop price options:
Residential: $2,800
Commuter: $1,800
A la carte Exclusive Workshop @ UC Davis offered for students who are unable to attend the entire five-day program. The UC Davis Exclusive Workshop is included in the Residential & Commuter packages.
Space is limited; enroll now to secure your spot!
Please refer to the BAE Welcome Packet with details regarding what to wear/ bring and the daily agendas prior to the start of the program.

From all of us at BAE Pre-Vet Program, we wish you and your family an enriching and extraordinary school year!

Happy trails,
Shanna Gage, Program Director
BAE Pre-Vet Program