Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary medicine offers Production Immersive Knowledge Experience (PIKE) programs in the beef, dairy and swine fields for students who will be in their first, second or third year of veterinary college in the fall. Preference is given to veterinary students, but undergraduate and graduate students in related fields will be considered if space is available.

The SPIKE (swine), D-PIKE (dairy) and B-PIKE (beef) programs are a 10-week, hands-on summer experience that immerses students in feedlot, dairy or swine production systems and associated agribusinesses. Students live in a learning community environment as well as work on on-line courses. They participate in lectures, seminars and discussions led by experts from the industry, academia and government.

Students are paid approximately $350 every two weeks and housing is provided. The beef program is centered at the Great PlainsVeterinaryEducationalCenter in Clay Center, Neb.; dairy is in northeast Iowa, and the swine program is in Audubon, Iowa.

The program runs from May through July, but students should keep this in mind as they make their future plans for next summer.

For more information, contact:

Bruce Leuschen (
Terry Engelken (
SPIKE Dr. Alex Ramirez (