Camp Experiences for Future Vets

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Many aspiring young veterinarians seek experience through internships or summer jobs at veterinary clinics, but vet camp is another great option that can offer valuable hands-on experience. Summer vet camps are offered by most veterinary colleges, and these programs can give high school and college students an insider’s look at what attending vet school would be like. Here are some of the available options for those interested in attending a vet camp:

Auburn University

Auburn University (in Alabama) offers three vet camps: Junior Vet Camp for rising 6th to 8th-grade students, Vet Camp for rising 9th to 11th-grade students, and Senior Vet Camp for rising 12th-grade students. Students have six full days of veterinary-related experiences including hands-on work in Auburn’s raptor, equine, beef, dairy, and swine units. The cost of the camp is $745 and includes lodging, meals, activities, counselor supervision, and transportation fees.

Clemson University

Clemson University (in South Carolina) offers a vet camp for rising 10th to 12th-grade students. Students participate in dissections, use ultrasound equipment, run lab tests, milk cows, and much more. Two sessions are offered. The cost of the program is $875.

Colorado State University

Colorado State University offers a five-day vet camp for 10th to 12th-grade students. The program first comes, first served (with up to 30 students accepted). The cost for the residential session is $1450, while the day session costs $450. A few need-based scholarships are available.

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University offers two vet camps: day camp for ages 13-17 (three days in duration), and a five-day overnight camp for ages 15-17. The university also offers the VetAspire program which allows students (11th grade, 12th grade, and college freshmen) to spend a day attending clinics, lectures, and hands-on activities to experience vet school firsthand. Day camp costs $300, and overnight camp costs $600.

North Carolina State University

NC State University offers a five-day vet camp for high school students each summer. The camp includes demonstrations, lectures, presentations, and a variety of hands-on activities to expose students to the field of veterinary medicine. The camp is priced at $500 and includes meals, field trips, activities, t-shirts, and backpacks. Lodging is available at an additional cost.

Ohio State University

Ohio State University offers a six-day residential summer vet camp for high school students. The camp cost is $600 and includes lodging. Need-based scholarships are available.

Purdue University

Purdue University (in Indiana) offers two vet camps for aspiring vets and vet techs: Junior Camp for 8th and 9th-grade students and Senior Camp for 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade students. Students in the program spend a full week enjoying presentations, laboratory work, and hands-on activities. The junior camp is priced at $950, and the senior camp is priced at $1500 (all-inclusive); partial scholarships are available.

Texas A&M University

Texas A&M offers a three-day vet camp for high school students that are interested in a career in veterinary medicine. Applicants must have completed their sophomore year of high school to attend. The cost to attend the camp is $530 (plus a $20 application fee).

Tufts University

Tufts University (in Massachusetts) offers several vet camp programs for middle school, high school, college, and adult students. Most camp programs are a day only and run for one week, with the exception of the high school program (that also offers a two-week overnight session). 

University of Georgia

The University of Georgia offers a week-long vet camp for 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade students. Students are included in activities at the veterinary teaching hospital, the poultry center, and a behind-the-scenes field trip to the Georgia Aquarium. The camp costs $900, and the fee covers all activities, meals, instruction, and lodging.

University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania offers a one-week day program for aspiring veterinary students. The program is open to 11th and 12th-grade high school students as well as college students. A full day is spent at the acclaimed New Bolton Center (for large animals). Tuition is $975 and includes lunches, materials, and transportation to the New Bolton Center. 

Final Word

Many additional vet camp opportunities can be found at other veterinary schools, veterinary clinics, humane societies, animal rescues, wildlife rehabilitation facilities, and other related organizations.