Application OPEN: Young People Interested in a Career as a Veterinarian – Apply TODAY!

Apr 29, 2024 | Announcements

Aspiring Veterinarian Program

Are you a young person passionate about animal care and interested in a career as a large animal veterinarian? If yes, this opportunity might be for you!

NYAAC (NY Animal Agriculture Coalition) is hosting a program where experienced veterinarians from across NY will provide insight into a career as a veterinarian. This program will allow young people to watch a veterinarian interact with farmers, the public, and fellow professionals. Additionally, participants can ask questions and get guidance from those who have successfully navigated the daunting journey of becoming a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

Application Link:

Where: The Dairy Cow Birthing Center at The NYS Fairgrounds, Syracuse, NY
When: 1, six-hour shift on a selected day, August 21st – September 2nd

Details: The aspiring vet (applicant) will be paired with an experienced veterinarian who will be volunteering at the Dairy Cow Birthing Center. In addition to talking with fairgoers and enlighten the public about the dairy industry, during the six-hour “shadowing,” applicants may observe veterinarians:

  • Perform routine exams on mature dairy cattle
  • Review health papers
  • Administer calcium blouses
  • Check the pregnant cow’s cervix for dilation
  • Check the positioning of a calf in the birth canal
  • Delivery of a calf
  • Check fresh cows for retained placentas or other common ailments
  • Perform routine wellness exams on recently born calves

Qualifications to Apply: To apply, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Be entering into junior year of High School in Aug/Sept 2024, High school senior, undergrad college students enrolled in classes for the fall of 2024
  • Be a NY resident
  • Have reliable transportation to and from the NYS Fairgrounds on the day of their assigned shift
  • If the applicant is under 18, they must have a parent/guardian sign a waiver





Applications are due by June 7th.


Please reach out to NYAAC’s Executive Director, Eileen Jensen, with questions –