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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WHAT IS VET CAMP?
MSU-CVM Veterinary Camp is for students age 13 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 2018 are set! Our Day Camp session will run from Thursday, May 31 through Saturday, June 2. Our Overnight Camp session will run from Wednesday afternoon, June 6 through Sunday morning, June 10.
Q: What does the camp schedule look like? Is learning primarily lecture-based or hands-on learning?
A: Both sessions (day camp and overnight camp) 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 both our day camp and overnight camp sessions from last summer's (2017) camp 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.
Q: How much does Vet Camp cost?
A: For Summer 2018, our Day Camp session will cost $300 and our Overnight Camp session will cost $600. There is a $10 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. Campers must meet the minimum age requirement as of the starting date of the vet camp session they're interested in attending.
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 35% increase in the number of applications received for our Summer 2016 camp. 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 session will stay overnight in an MSU dorm on main campus. All overnight campers are chaperoned with both an Overnight Coordinator and Overnight Camp Counselors.
Q: When is the deadline for me to apply to camp?
A: The application for summer camp for 2018 has not yet opened. Our camp application for 2018 will open up online Tuesday, January 23, and it will remain open for approximately 4-5 weeks to accept applications.
Q: How do I apply for camp?
A: Our summer camp application for 2018 will be available online beginning January 23, 2018. You can submit your camp application online.
Q: What are the requirements to apply to camp?
A: We require one letter of recommendation, a brief essay response to a writing prompt, a completed online application, and a $10 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.