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 DVM students serving as counselors and leaders. After that first year, 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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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, research to pet health.
Spend your time working side by side with current veterinary students as 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 2019 are set! This year, we are excited to announce that we will be offering additional camp sessions. Below are the sessions that we will be offered, along with the dates and ages groups that apply.
Wednesday, May 29th – Sunday, June 2nd Overnight Camp Session #1 (15-17 yr old)
Monday, June 3rd One Day Camp Session #1 (10-12 yr old)
Tuesday, June 4th One Day Camp Session #2 (10-12 yr old)
Thursday, June 6 – Saturday, June 8th Three Day Camp (13-17 yr old)
Monday, June 10th One Day Camp Session #3 (13-14 yr old)
Tuesday, June 11th One Day Camp Session #4 13-14 yr old)
Wednesday, June 12th – Sunday, June 16th 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 2018 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 2019, our One Day Camp sessions will cost $125, Three Day Camp 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 student is notified if they have been accepted to camp. Once an acceptance e-mail has generated to the student, they can go online and pay their camp fee at any time.
Q: What ages can attend Vet Camp?
A: Our Day Camp session is open to campers 13 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 13 to 14, respectively Campers must meet the minimum and maximum age requirement ranges by the day camp begins in order to be considered eligible for consideration.
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. In fact, we saw a 100% increase in the number of applications received for our Vet Camp 2018. Because of this amazing increase, we have added additional sessions this year to allow the opportunity for more camp participants. 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.
Q: Where do overnight campers stay for Overnight Camp?
A: Campers who attend our Overnight Camp sessions will stay overnight in an MSU dorm 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 2019 will open January 28, 2019 and will close February 25, 2019 at 11:59pm CST.
Q: How do I apply for camp?
A: Our summer veterinary camp application is an online application process. You can apply HERE.
Q: What are the requirements to apply to camp?
A: We require one letter of recommendation by anyone other than a family member, a brief 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 considered eligible for consideration.