Veterinary Enrichment Camp

2019 VET Camp Dates

July 23 – 26, 2019 (Tuesday – Friday)

Cost of VET CAMP

Application:  $25.00 (Non-Refundable) – Paid by Check or Money Order ONLY – Made out to: TAMU

CAMP Fees (if selected): Additional $575.00 for total cost of $600.00 per student – Paid by Check or Money Order ONLY – Made out to: TAMU*

*If name of name of camper does not match name of sponsor (I.E. Parent, Family Member, Religious Organization, Veterinarian, ETC.) please write campers name on the MEMO Line of the Check or Money Order.  Camp is not tax deductible.

Program Description

This special summer program is for high school students who have an interest in the field of veterinary medicine. The three day program will give participants the opportunity to explore the possibilities of veterinary medicine as a career. Participants will live in university dormitories, attend special sessions, and discover the broad diversity of career opportunities available to graduates with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. The program admissions process is competitive and similar to a typical academic admissions process.

Who is Eligible?

You are eligible to participate in the Veterinary Enrichment Camp the summer immediately after the completion of your sophomore or junior year in high school. Students participating in an accelerated program toward high school graduation will have years in school computed by 9 month intervals: example, students who have attended school for 18 months straight, including summers, are at the end of their sophomore year. Students who are seniors as of January 1, 2018, or who have attended the camp before are, ineligible to participate. An interest in exploring career opportunities in the field of veterinary medicine is required. As such, each applicant should have the following:

  1. A minimum cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (High schools that are weighted above a 4.0 scale will be converted using the conversion equation used by Texas A&M freshmen admissions)
  2. Have 24 work or service hours under the supervision of a veterinarian in a clinical or research setting* – OR –
  3. IF and ONLY IF, your local veterinary does not hire minors or allow minors to shadow, have 48 service hours of formalized animal experience including service in FFA, 4-H, a working (income generating) farm/ranch**, a kennel, an animal shelter, raising show animals or other. For the purposes of this camp, this does NOT include the raising of family pets (large or small); nor does it include working/volunteering at the same riding barn where an individual has personal horses and/or takes lessons.

*Research experience needs to be 24 hours with research animals; under the observation of a D.V.M. Observation of molecular laboratory procedure does not count.

**If student’s experience is on a working farm/ranch, someone other than a family member must write the letter of recommendation. Proof of business is requested: website, business card, letter from servicing veterinarian, etc.

What is a Veterinarian?

Today’s veterinarian is dedicated to protecting the health and welfare of both animals and people. He or she is highly educated and skilled in diagnosing diseases in animals. As a doctor of veterinary medicine, he or she is also a member of a major health profession with its own educational system, license requirements, organization, and ethics.

Veterinarian’s Oath

Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skill for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health, the relief of animal suffering, the conservation of livestock resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge.

I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity, and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics.

I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence.

D.V.M. Student Curriculum

View the Professional DVM Program curriculum

Selection Process

Applications will be looked at for completeness. Any incomplete applications will be omitted from the selection process. Complete applications will be reviewed and assigned a random number. 80 seats will be drawn from complete, eligible applications for camp attendance.

Because we have more eligible applicants than space in the camp, eligible students’ applications will receive a random number and a drawing will be held to determine participants.

Sample Itinerary

View a sample Itinerary.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Policy Statement

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Department of Student Life, Services for Students with Disabilities, in Cain Hall or call 979-845-1637.

Application Period

Opens January 25, 2019
Must be postmarked by March 30, 2019

Download Application (PDF)

Contact Information

Kayla Gibbs
College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Texas A&M University
4465 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-4465
Phone: 979-845-4941 (Office is closed 12:00-1:00pm daily)