HiVE (Honors in Veterinary Education) Early Assurance Program

Students training as veterinarians


The University of Arizona W.A. Franke Honors HiVE Early Assurance Program allows for academically talented students to gain early admission to the University of Arizona’s College of Veterinary Medicine (UA-CVM).

The University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine is looking for a cohort of applicants who are poised to be the next generation of veterinarians. The goal of the program is to introduce a small group of W.A. Franke Honors students (up to 5 participants) to the University CVM’s active-learning and team-based curriculum, interactive case-based problem solving, live animal lab experiences, team and professional learning communities within a hybrid-distributive model.

The cohort will follow an academic plan to complete all veterinary medicine school prerequisite coursework as well as individual learning modules to provide an early start to the content found in the veterinary medical school curriculum. Once admitted to the program, students will participate in the summer UArizona Franke Honors VetCat Early Assurance Program between their junior and senior year. This summer program will provide students with an immersive, mentored experience with UArizona CVM faculty and veterinary medicine students. Following this summer experience, participants will complete senior year requirements, including the Honors thesis, before beginning veterinary school.

More information at: UArizona College of Veterinary Medicine.

Eligibility to Apply 

The HiVE Early Assurance Program is open to all Franke Honors juniors from any major. This is based upon your intended graduation date – applicants are selected in the spring of their junior year so they can complete summer programming between junior and senior year, finish out their senior year degree requirements, and then begin their first year of veterinary school following their graduation.

Once accepted to the program, students will matriculate into the University's College of Veterinary Medicine, provided students adhere to all program requirements prior to entry. This includes satisfying all W.A. Franke Honors College and bachelor’s degree requirements that will be completed by the end of the senior year. Applications will be considered through a holistic review process that prioritizes applicants who: 

  • Are W.A. Franke Honors College Students with a minimum 3.4 cumulative GPA.
  • Are clearly motivated to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.
  • Have previous veterinary experience and clinical exposure.
  • Hold a high level of resilience, integrity, and emotional maturity.
  • Are strongly service and community-oriented.
  • Maintain a high cultural competency.
  • Possess strong leadership and interpersonal skills.

Application Process and Deadlines 

Only Franke Honors College students are eligible to apply. A separate UArizona Franke Honors HiVE Early Assurance Program application will be available for students to apply in the fall of their junior year through Scholarship Universe. This application will be in addition to the regular VMCAS application (submission during the program). 


(Fall Semester of Junior Year Students Apply)

Apply during Junior Year Applications open – November 6, 2023

Applications close – January 26, 2024

Applicant Visit Day and Interviews Spring semester of Junior Year
Summer between Junior and Senior Year UArizona HiVE Summer Scholars Program
Honors Senior Year Complete Franke Honors College Requirements & Vet School Prerequisites
Following Graduation Students Begin UA Veterinary Program

Prerequisite Courses 

Students interested in the Franke Honors HiVE Program should be familiar with all College of Veterinary Medicine prerequisite courses.

HiVE Summer Scholars Program

Students accepted into the UArizona HiVE Early Assurance program will complete a summer program between their junior and senior year which will provide an immersive, mentored experience with the University of Arizona’s College of Veterinary Medicine faculty and medical students. 

The goals of the program are to:

  • Train and inspire students in research-based approaches to problem-solving.
  • Foster interactions with UArizona CVM faculty, researchers, and clinicians.
  • Immerse UArizona Franke Honors HiVE Scholars in UArizona CVM culture.

Information sessions will be offered in the fall of 2023.

If you have any questions about the Franke Honors HiVE Early Assurance Program, please contact the Assistant Director of Research, Creative Expression, and Professional Initiatives, Tori Nardinelli.