MSU-CVM has been offering Veterinary Camp since 2011. Modeled after the first and second year student experience, our curriculum is heavily hands on and is taught by our own faculty, with current DVM students serving as counselors and leaders. After that first year, Vet Camp grew in the number of students we could serve, the number and types of camps we offered, and the labs and activities we provided. We are proud of the 100% satisfaction rate and willingness to recommend our camp reported by campers, parents, and our own faculty. We love sharing the veterinary profession with young people.
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WHAT IS VET CAMP?
MSU-CVM Veterinary Camp is for students age 10 to 17 who have aspirations of one day:
• working as a veterinarian
• being a scientist
• working in an animal-focused career.
MSU Veterinary Camp is a hands-on experience. Interactive labs engage all your senses. You see, feel, smell, and hear about animals from the view of a veterinarian.
The real instructors and professors from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine will ignite your curiosity about everything from anatomy and microbiology to radiology and physical exams.
You’ll learn about the wide variety of career options from small to large animal, public health to pathology, and research to pet health.
Spend your time working side by side with current veterinary student counselors to explore the world of veterinary medicine.
Most important of all – it’s just plain FUN to hang out with Animal People doing Animal Stuff!
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are the dates for this year's camp sessions?
A: Dates for Vet Camp 2020 are set! Below are the sessions that will be offered, along with the dates and ages groups that apply.
Wednesday, May 27th – Sunday, May 31st Overnight Camp Session #1 (15-17 yr old)
Monday, June 1st One Day Camp Session #1 (10-12 yr old)
Tuesday, June 2nd One Day Camp Session #2 (10-12 yr old)
Thursday, June 4th – Saturday, June 6th Three Day Camp (13-17 yr old)
Tuesday, June 9th One Day Camp Session #3 (13-17 yr old)
Wednesday, June 10th – Sunday, June 14th Overnight Camp Session #2 (15-17 yr old)
Q: What does the camp schedule look like? Is learning primarily lecture-based or hands-on learning?
A: All camp sessions (day and overnight camps) are hands-on learning environments. You'll learn alongside our veterinary students, clinicians, and faculty members as you experience veterinary medicine for yourself! The schedule for our day camp and overnight camp sessions from Vet Camp 2019 can be found **here**. Camp schedules are subject to change each year, but this will give you an idea of what a typical day camp and overnight camp experience looks like. Our one day camp sessions will be very similar.
Q: How much does Vet Camp cost?
A: For Summer 2020, our One Day Camp sessions will cost $125, Three Day Camp sessions will cost $300, and our Overnight Camp session will cost $600. There is a $25 non-refundable application fee required for each application submitted. The application fee is due at the same time the application is submitted, but the camp fee will not be required until the applicant is notified that they have been accepted to camp. Once an acceptance e-mail has been generated to the applicant, they can go online and pay their camp fee by the set deadline.
Q: What ages can attend Vet Camp?
A: Our Day Camp session is open to campers 10 to 17 years old and our Overnight Camp session is open to campers 15 to 17 years old. Two one day camp sessions will be open to campers 10 to 12 and one single day camp session will be open to campers 13 to 17. Campers must meet the minimum and maximum age requirement ranges by the day camp begins in order to be eligible for consideration.
Q: What is included in the cost of camp?
A: Camp fees cover meals, housing (if applicable), and scrubtops. Lunch is covered for all day campers. All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) are covered for overnight campers.
Q: How many applications do you receive for Vet Camp each year?
A: The number of applications we receive varies each year, but we do receive many more applications than there are spots available for Vet Camp. Because of this, we carefully select participants from all qualified applications that we receive. Camp is competitive, and a careful review is given to all applications received. If you don't get accepted to Vet camp this year, you can certainly try again next year!
Q: Can I only apply to one Vet Camp session? Or can I apply to both Day Camp and Overnight sessions?
A: You can apply to both Day Camp and Overnight Camp, if you desire. You may use the same essay and letter of recommendation for both applications. However, remember that you will only gain acceptance to one camp session.
Q: Where do overnight campers stay for Overnight Camp?
A: Campers who attend our Overnight Camp sessions will stay overnight in an MSU premium residence hall on main campus. All overnight campers are chaperoned with both an Overnight Coordinator and Overnight Camp Counselors. Unfortunately, we do not offer housing for our day camp sessions.
Q: When is the deadline for me to apply to camp?
A: The application for 2020 will open January 28, 2020 and will close February 28, 2020 at 12pm (noon) CST. Unfortunately, our portal will not be able to accept applications after this time. It is very important that your application along with required documents are submitted by this deadline. To prevent any unforeseen issues, please submit your application the day prior to the deadline.
Q: How do I apply for camp?
A: Our summer veterinary camp application is an online application process. The application link can be found on the right side of this page under the veterinary camp tab.
Q: What are the requirements to apply to camp?
A: We require one letter of recommendation by anyone other than a family member, an essay response to a writing prompt, a completed online application, and a $25 non-refundable application fee to be considered for a spot in either our day camp or overnight camp sessions. Campers must meet the minimum and maximum age requirement ranges by the date camp begins in order to be eligible for consideration.
Q: How will applicants be selected?
A: Vet Camp is highly competitive. Our committee looks for campers who have an interest in veterinary medicine which can be determined through their letter of recommendation and their essay. It is important that applicants answer the essay prompt as thoroughly as they can.
Given that we have more eligible applicants than we have space, this year we will give each eligible student application a random number, and a drawing will be held to determine participants for each camp session.
Q: If I have attended a camp session previously, can I apply again?
A: In order to give more students the opportunity to attend our camps, students who have previously attended our 3-day day camp or our overnight camp are ineligible to participate.
Q: When will applicants be notified of their status?
A: All applicants will be notified via email by mid-March. Please remember to check your spam folders
Q: When is the deadline to pay camp tuition if accepted?
A: Camp tuition will be due by mid-April. The acceptance email will contain the due date. Payment can be made using the link that will be given within the acceptance email.