From our beginning in 2008, Live Oak Bank has recognized the need for more in-depth business training within the veterinary profession. We visit veterinary schools and host students onsite at our headquarters in Wilmington, NC, with the goal of shedding light on the financing process. Working closely with the student-run Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA), we help provide quality business education to veterinary students interested in business topics—specifically how to acquire and successfully run their own practice.

The Veterinary Student Summer Program is designed to be a unique, hands-on learning experience with real-life scenarios for the students who are selected to participate. Over the course of the summer we host small group sessions for students to learn from the numerous business and industry experts at our Wilmington campus. The goal is to engage participants in a variety of activities—all intended to elevate their business acumen, to offer a better understanding of whether business ownership is right for them, and to teach tangible tactics for success.

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Students have the opportunity to engage industry experts in thorough discussions related to financial topics and business ownership. This externship experience reveals the realities faced by veterinary practice owners, conveys what it takes to get financing in place and teaches strategies to operate a successful business. Fun and interactive, the program both challenges and encourages veterinary students who are considering practice ownership in their future.


The program is open to all veterinary students in good standing with their universities and the Veterinary Business Management Association. No prior business experience is required, just a curious mind and can-do attitude.

vet program students

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For both the one-week and two-week sessions, we ask that students please plan to arrive the day prior and depart the day after the scheduled program days. The two-week program is especially designed for students needing the program to count for credit during the clinical phase of their training; however, anyone can apply for those sessions. The program is overseen by a licensed DVM.

2018 Sessions:

1 Week Sessions
June 18th – 22nd
July 23rd – 27th
2 Week Sessions:
May 21st – June 1st
July 30th – Aug. 10th


The program takes place at Live Oak Bank headquarters in Wilmington, NC, where students experience the unique culture of Live Oak during their stay.

The program will run from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday, with weekends and holidays free. Lodging and ground transportation in the Wilmington area will be provided.

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How to Apply

  • Complete the basic application form.
  • Upload a two-minute video explaining why you wish to attend our program and/or upload a document with a cover letter indicating why you’d like to attend and your resume.
  • We select up to half of the participants in October and the other half in February. Deadlines to apply are October 15, 2017, and February 1, 2018, respectively. Applicants will be notified if they have been selected to participate by the end of each respective month.
  • Apply now for the 2018 Veterinary Student Program.

Our Vet Student Summer Program Team
understands your business.

Meet the Team