VetCamp is an interactive education program for high school students in grades 9-12, who are interested in learning more about the field of veterinary medicine as a career. The hands-on learning activities are developed and taught by students at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, with sponsorship from the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Foundation.
When is the next camp, and how can I sign up?
Join the digital mailing list to be notified when new dates are added to the website for registration. New dates for registration will be added to this website periodically. We attempt to hold one event in the Fall and Spring semester. Over the summer (late May - August) there are 1-2 events hosted per month. These dates are typically posted in late spring. Join our digital mailing list to be notified when new dates are added to the website for registration.
Who can attend VetCamp?
Our curriculum and activity modules are currently designed for high school age participants. Some activities call for the participants to draw on their high school science or anatomy knowledge. Please contact us if you have a younger participant who would like to attend.
How long is a VetCamp event?
Our self-hosted camps take place on the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus and are 3 hours in duration. Over the summer, VetCamp also partners with many organizations to present shorter, modified, curriculum based on organizational needs.
What will I do at camp?
VetCamp coordinators have created several hands-on activities to engage participants. Below are a few of the most popular activities.
- Choose Your Own Adventure - Participants work through an emergency case on our simulation dog, "Molly".
- Careers Game - Participants work in teams to identify the correct "veterinarian" needed for a case. Follow-up questions test, and teach participants about the many different fields of veterinary medicine.
- Toxicology Board - Participants learn about foods and other household items that are toxic to dogs.
- Q & A Time - We always leave time at the end of camp for participants to ask questions of the veterinary students.
Is there a fee?
The registration fee for self-hosted camps is $15. Participants who demonstrate financial need can contact us to request a waived registration fee.
Please contact us at [email protected]