Vet 101 Program

January 6, 2024 | noon - 4 p.m.

Vet 101 is a National Western Stock Show educational program designed to provide high school students interested in the veterinary industry with the opportunity to spend a day with vets doing real, hands-on work. Students are placed in groups of 10-12 and rotate through four vet stations: small animal & feeding, large animal, equine & rodeo, and embryology.

Each student is given a bag full of donated tools and supplies including a stethoscope, animal first-aid kit, certificate of completion, and other items. Every vet encourages students to get hands-on within the rotations – checking heartbeats & soundness, listening to rumens, handling animals, asking questions, and much more. The day concludes with lunch in the barns with students and vets, asking final questions and wrapping up the day.

For questions regarding Vet 101 please email: [email protected]


    2024 Vet 101

    • Saturday, Jan. 6  | 1 - 5 p.m.
    • Program takes place in the Stock Yards Event Center during the National Western Stock Show
    • One high school ag program is invited
    • 40 individual spots to high school students
    • Free parking
    • FREE grounds admission and tickets to the Ranch Rodeo on Jan. 6 at 5:30 p.m.
    • Individual applications close Dec. 8, 2023
    • Students selected by Dec. 15, 2023

    This program is completely free and fully funded by donations received through Colorado Gives Day.

    Meet the Vets

    Dr. Don Coover, DVM

    Dr. Don Coover, DVM
    SEK Genetics - Galesburg, KS

    Dr. Don Coover is the President & CEO of SEK Genetics-Genetic Horizons. SEK has always been more than “just” a semen distributor. We started over 30 years ago and our goal has remained the same – to provide reliable, cost-effective, responsible service to both buyers and sellers in the cattle genetics industry. We are the hub for cattle reproductive services. Besides having semen on leading bulls in many breeds, we offer embryo transfer and artificial insemination (AI) services, as well as AI supplies/equipment for cattle, goats, and sheep.

    Dr. Sara Senn, DVM

    Dr. Sara Senn DVM
    Equine Veterinarian - Littleton Equine Medical Center - Littleton, CO

    Sara Senn, DVM is joining us from the official equine veterinary practice partner of the NWSS, Littleton Equine Medical Center. Dr. Senn is a Colorado native and attended CSU both for her undergraduate degree, her masters in science degree and her graduate degree. Dr. Senn grew up riding and showing Quarter Horses. Dr. Senn enjoys gardening and playing sports such as volleyball and softball.

    Large Animal
    Dr. Julia Herman, DMV

    Dr. Julia Herman, DVM
    Beef Cattle Specialist
    National Cattlemen’s Beef Association - Denver, CO

    Julia Herman recently joined the producer education team with the National Cattleman’s Beef Association as their Beef Cattle Specialist Veterinarian.  With special interests in animal behavior and welfare and producer/employee education, she seeks to prepare all sectors of the livestock industry to produce a safe and healthy food supply. Building and maintaining collaborative relationships with veterinary groups, educational institutions, and beef industry partners, her role unites these players to advocate for the cattle and agricultural industries.

    Small Animal
    Dr. Sara Senn, DVM

    Dr. Lori Scott, DVM
    North Denver Animal Clinic - Denver, CO

    Born in the stockyards on the National Western Stock Show grounds in the 1960's, North Denver Animal Clinic began its 50 year journey. In 1988, Drs. Mike and Lori Scott graduated from the DVM program at Colorado State University, bought the practice, and began practicing as a husband and wife team. North Denver Animal Clinic is a mixed animal practice, with Dr. Mike focusing on horses, bison, cattle, and other farm animals, and Dr. Lori focusing more on pet dogs and cats.

    Dr. Mike and Dr. Lori are very involved with the National Western Stock Show, with the 2018 show marking 30 years. They support 4-H and FFA functions in the area, and strongly support youth development in agriculture. Dr. Lori also oversees the drug testing program for the junior livestock market show at NWSS and is a governor- appointed horse racing commissioner for the state of Colorado.