Summer Health Professions Education Program
Veterinary Medicine

The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a FREE summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students interested in the health professions.

SHPEP’s goal is to strengthen the academic proficiency and career development of students underrepresented in the health professions and prepare them for a successful application and matriculation to health professions schools.

The 6-week program will take place on the University of Florida campus, with on-campus room and board. We are very excited about this opportunity and hope that this will be an informative experience for students interested in the Health Science field.

Veterinary Medicine Exposure

During the Veterinary Medicine Experience students will:

  • Rotate through a hands-on veterinary student experience as part of UF SHPEP
  • Meet with the pre-veterinary advisor and learn about applying for veterinary school
  • Learn about a variety of veterinary career options, as well as advanced specialty training available in the field
  • Tour the veterinary clinical skills and simulation areas and didactic classrooms
  • Experience hands on learning experiences delivered within the veterinary curriculum
  • Make connections, bond, and network with other SHPEP students

SHPEP Students in the Classroom

Hear from 2017 UF SHPEP Scholars

UF SHPEP was a program site in 2017 and expects to continue as a SHPEP site in 2018.  Please continue to visit for the most updated information.

UF SHPEP Mass Casualty/Disaster Drill Simulation through UF Health

We stress the importance of Interprofessional Training in a unique way specific to the University of Florida SHPEP site. Scholars are given the opportunity to participate in a Disaster Drill/Mass Casualty Simulation with the participation of all six health colleges. Health Professionals ranging from Emergency Medicine, Pharmacy, county First-responders, and various faculty members and students within these 6 colleges come together to give our Scholars a hands-on learning experience with emergency situations.

The UF Health Science Center is the country’s only academic health center with six health-related colleges located on a single, contiguous campus.

What To Expect

Students selected to attend UF SHPEP receive an opportunity to gain academic enrichment while also being immersed in the UF experience, including:

Contact Information


  • Can I participate in SHPEP if I am a junior or senior in college, or if I have already graduated from college?
    No. SHPEP is exclusively for current freshman and sophomore college students.
  • I am a freshman and have not received my grades yet. Can I submit my high school transcript?
    High school transcripts are not accepted. If you are a freshman and you have not received your first semester grades, please allow them to be finalized before you submit your transcripts.
  • Can the recommendation be submitted by a previous employer or high school teacher?
    If a recommendation cannot be submitted by a pre-health advisor or college professor within your major, the National Program Office will accept one from an employer who is within a health professions field, or from a science high school teacher.
  • I am applying online and I see medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, and public health as my career path choices. I am interested in another career in health, what do I do?
    While students choose from four main concentrations — Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Public Health — selected students will be given the opportunity to learn hands on about veterinary medicine, nursing, physician assistant and a number of health professions such as clinical and health psychology; speech, language and hearing sciences; health administration; occupational therapy; and physical therapy. It is at the student’s discretion which concentration they choose when applying.
  • Am I able to participate in SHPEP and attend classes over the summer?
    SHPEP is a full-time commitment with pre-planned days of curriculum, activities and rotations. Students’ full participation is required during the course of the program dates. Should summer courses be offered following the program, the student is free to enroll and attend, however during the program, attending classes may not be an option.
  • Will meals be provided during my time at UF SHPEP?
    Dining debit cards are provided to all scholars to use at the University of Florida’s dining locations on campus. All dining locations are open seven days a week.
  • I don’t have health insurance. Is there a UF health insurance option for successful applicants?
    If a scholar does not have insurance, a limited insurance plan will be purchased by the UF SHPEP program for that scholar.
  • Will I have free time to explore Gainesville?
    Scholars have a full menu of extracurricular activities to enjoy. Possible adventures include touring UF museums, attending talent shows or social gatherings with professional students, kayaking, playing disc golf or volleyball, swimming, tubing, bowling, and going to movies or outdoor concerts.
  • Is housing provided? Where will I live during UF SHPEP?
    Scholars stay in dormitories located in the center of campus free of charge.
  • Should I bring a car? How will I get around?
  • Dorms are a 10-minute walk from the UF Health Science Center. Scholars also have free access to the campus and city buses.
  • Will I receive aid with travel expenses to Gainesville?
    Travel expenses will be compensated.
  • What is the stipend amount?
    Scholars will receive a $600 stipend.
  • Is there a cost for attending UF SHPEP?
    No. Students will be provided with housing, meals and a stipend for the six weeks.
  • Who should I pick to write reference letters for me?
  • This should be someone who knows your academic and personal character. Ideally, a pre-health advisor and/or a college professor. If none of these persons know you well enough, a high school science teacher or a local health professional who knows you well is acceptable.

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