Dates, Location, and Housing

  • Students will be able to indicate their availability for one of the two sessions offered and will not be placed in a week when they are not able to attend.
  • The majority of program activities will be held at our main facility on the Virginia Tech campus. View campus maps and directions →
  • Participants are housed in residence halls at Virginia Tech and enjoy meals from the university's award-winning Dining Services.


VetTRAC is a competitive camp, and preference is given to students from underrepresented populations within veterinary medicine. Participation in VetTRAC in no way guarantees acceptance into the DVM program at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.

  • You must be 18 years of age or older and have completed at least two semesters (or the equivalent) of undergraduate coursework.
  • An interest in exploring career opportunities in the field of veterinary medicine is required.

Students who have already applied to a DVM program using VMCAS in the current or previous application cycles are ineligible to participate, as are students who have previously participated in VetTRAC or another VA-MD Vet Med summer program.


The cost to particpate in VetTRAC is $200 per student, in addition to transportation to and from Virginia Tech. This fee includes housing, all meals during the camp, and all program activities. Participants will be provided with attire, to include lab coats and coveralls, required to participate in animal-handling activities .


The VetTRAC application is due in early March. Applicants are notified in mid-March

Items that applicants should prepare ahead of time:

  • An electronic copy of transcripts for all colleges/universities attended: Please ensure that the applicant's name and the name of the institution appear on each transcript. Scanned and web-based versions are accepted; PDFs are the preferred file format.
  • A list of details about extracurricular activities: veterinary experience, animal experience, biomedical/research experience, employment history, club/organizational involvement, honors/awards, and community/volunteer service experience.
  • Responses to the following questions:
    • Describe how your educational experiences are preparing you for success.
    • Describe two ways in which you may help advance the Principles of Community that are central to Virginia Tech as an institution.
    • Describe one characteristic of leadership that you value and how you, as an individual, portray that characteristic.