Veterinary Enrichment Camp

The 2021 Vet Camp will be virtual, due to COVID-19 concerns. 

Applications for the 2021 Virtual Veterinary Enrichment Camp have now closed.

Selected and non-selected campers will be notified by email by: Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 5pm.

2021 Virtual VET Camp Dates

Tuesday, July 20 and Wednesday, July 21

Cost of Vet Camp

Application Fee:  $5.00 (Non-Refundable and paid online at time of application)

Camp Fees (if selected): Additional $95.00 for total cost of $100.00 per student (includes a scrub top, commemorative memorabilia, camp counselor/ mentor who is a current TAMU Veterinary student.) Upon acceptance of camper invitation, the student/ parents are responsible for full payment of tuition and fees.

Application Period

Online application opens: Monday, February 15, 2021 at 8:00am (CST)

Deadline to apply will be: Friday, March 12, 2021 at 5:00pm (CST)

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. If you are not able to obtain veterinary/ animal experience due to COVID-19, this will not be counted against you. Please indicate this on the resume’ and explain in detail in the essay.
  • 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. If you have had animal experience, please include examples of that experience in your essay.
  • (EXPERIENTIAL COMPONENT OMITTED for 2021 Virtual Vet Camp. It will be re-instated once camp resumes face-to-face.) 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 and unofficial high school transcript from your high school counselor (Please have your counselor send the documents via email to both Michael Black at mblack@cvm.tamu.edu and Ebony Carlisle at ecarlisle@tamu.edu. If your counselor has knowledge of your passion for veterinary/ animal work, please make sure that this is included in the recommendation
  • $5 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 two-day virtual camp will give participants the opportunity to explore the possibilities of veterinary medicine as a career. Participants will  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 2021 Veterinary Enrichment Camp are current  sophomores or juniors in high school at time of application. Students who are seniors as of February 2021 or who have attended a prior TAMU Veterinary Enrichment 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. (COMPONENT OMITTED for 2021 Virtual Vet Camp. It will be re-instated once camp resumes face-to-face.) 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. 100 seats will be drawn from complete, eligible applications for camp attendance in a random, computerized format.

Selected and non-selected campers will be notified by email by: Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 5pm.

Sample Itinerary

Coming Soon!

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

Texas A&M University is committed to providing equitable access to learning opportunities for all students. If you experience barriers to your education due to a disability or think you may have a disability, please contact Disability Resources in the Student Services Building or at (979) 845-1637 or visit disability.tamu.edu

Disabilities may include, but are not limited to attentional, learning, mental health, sensory, physical, or chronic health conditions. All students are encouraged to discuss their disability related needs with Disability Resources and their instructors as soon as possible.

Contact Information

(Please copy the email to both co-directors)

Michael Black, Camp Co-Director

Email: mblack@cvm.tamu.edu

Ebony Carlisle, Camp Co-Director

Email: ecarlisle@tamu.edu