Veterinary Enrichment Camp

Downloadable Poster for High School Counselors: 2020 Vet Camp Poster

 

The application for the 2020 camp has closed. Applicant decisions will be announced by email on Friday, January 24th, 2020.


2020 VET Camp Dates

July 21 – 24, 2020 (Tuesday – Friday)

Cost of Vet Camp

Application Fee:  $25.00 (Non-Refundable and paid online at time of application)

Camp Fees (if selected): Additional $600.00 for total cost of $625.00 per student (includes meals, housing, transportation, scrub tops, commemorative memorabilia, professional group photo.) Payment plans are available for those selected to attend camp. All fees must be paid no later than April 1, 2020.

Application Period

Online application opens December 1, 2019 (Link posted above!)

Deadline to apply will be Friday, January 17, 2020 at 5:00pm

How can I be prepared?

  • Prepare a resume’ with academic information- including GPA, veterinary/ animal experience-including volunteer hours, community service activities with description and hours, work experience (other than veterinary) if applicable including hours per week, high school extra-curricular activities and academic clubs, and any other animal experience.
  • Prepare a one page, double-spaced essay describing the area of veterinary medicine in which you might like to specialize and why. Please include a description of at least one talent you possess that contributes to your desire to complete a professional program in veterinary medicine.
  • A signed letter of recommendation, including verification of work/ volunteer hours, from the veterinarian you have worked for, volunteered, or a supervisor who can speak to your love of animals and the veterinary profession. (Uploaded via the online application by the camp applicant)
  • A signed letter of recommendation from your high school counselor (Uploaded via the online application by the camp applicant or emailed from the counselor to both the camp director email addresses listed at the bottom of this page)
  • A school picture
  • An unofficial copy of current high school transcript obtained from high school counselor (Will be uploaded via the online application by the camp applicant)
  • $25 non-refundable application fee (paid online at time of application)

Program Description

This high-impact summer camp is for high school students who have an interest in the profession of veterinary medicine. The four-day, three night camp will give participants the opportunity to explore the possibilities of veterinary medicine as a career. Participants will live in high quality, safe university housing, attend special sessions, and discover the broad diversity of career opportunities available to graduates with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. The selection process for campers is competitive and described below.

Who is Eligible?

Eligible applicants for the 2020 Veterinary Enrichment Camp will be current sophomore or junior students in high school at time of application. Students who are seniors as of December 1, 2019 or who have attended a prior camp 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 freshman admission standards)
  2. Have 24 hours of documented work or service experience under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian in a clinical or research setting* – OR – if your local veterinary does not allow minors to work or shadow – have 48 service hours of formalized animal experience in FFA, 4-H, a working (income generating) farm/ranch**, a kennel, an animal shelter, or raising show animals. 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. will suffice.

Selection Process

Applications will be check for completeness and quality. 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 student applications will receive a random number and a drawing will be held to determine participants. Selected and non-selected campers will be notified by email on January 24, 2020.

Sample Itinerary

Vet Camp 2019 Itinerary

What is a Veterinarian?

Today’s veterinarian is dedicated to protecting the health and welfare of both animals and humans. 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(s) 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

Statement of Non-Discrimination

Texas A&M University, in accordance with applicable federal and state law, prohibits discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, or veteran status in employment, educational programs, and admissions.

Individuals who believe they have experienced harassment or discrimination prohibited by this statement are encouraged to contact the Department of Civil Rights & Equity Investigations:

Jennifer Smith, Assistant Vice President and Title IX Officer
Department of Civil Rights & Equity Investigations
Medical Sciences Library
202 Olsen Blvd, Suite 007
College Station, TX 77843
(979) 458-8407
civilrights@tamu.edu

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 Disability Resources, currently located in the Disability Resources building at the Student Services at White Creek complex on west campus or call 979-845-1637. For additional information visit http://disability.tamu.edu/

Contact Information

Michael Black, Camp Co-Director

Email: mblack@cvm.tamu.edu

Ebony Carlisle, Camp Co-Director

Email: ecarlisle@cvm.tamu.edu