During the first week of the program, we host a 3-day orientation session that consists of lectures, discussions, and team-building exercises. Orientation covers topics that include responsible research conduct (including the appropriate use of animals in research), principles of biosafety, the development of hypothesis-driven research, the interpretation of scientific literature, research funding, and the exploration of various research opportunities for veterinarians. Scholars are able to interact with veterinary researchers in different areas (industry, government, basic science, academia, and clinical medicine) and have the opportunity to discuss the unique way each of these fields operates as well as the opportunities they afford to veterinarians. The orientation sessions will serve to acquaint the scholars with the fundamentals of the biomedical research so the scholars are prepared to join their labs with a basic understanding and appreciation for safety, ethics and the scientific method. We also have a lot of fun and get to know each other with a mentor-scholar breakfast, a ropes course, a welcome BBQ, and short presentations from the scholars themselves!