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Veterinary Enrichment Camp

Deadline for the 2014 Veterinary Enrichment Camp has passed!

Camp Date

Tuesday, July 22 - Friday, July 25, 2014

Program Description

This special summer program is for high school students who have an interest in the field of veterinary medicine. The three day program will give participants the opportunity to explore the possibilities of veterinary medicine as a career. Participants will live in university dormitories, attend special sessions, and discover the broad diversity of career opportunities available to graduates with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. The program admissions process is competitive and similar to a typical academic admissions process.

Who is Eligible?

You are eligible to participate in the Veterinary Enrichment Camp the summer immediately after the completion of your sophomore or junior year in high school. Students participating in an accelerated program toward high school graduation will have years in school computed by 9 month intervals: example, students who have attended school for 18 months straight, including summers, are at the end of their sophomore year. Students who are seniors as of January 1, 2014, or who have attended the camp before 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 freshmen admissions)
  2. Have 24 work or service hours under the supervision of a veterinarian in a clinical or research setting* - OR -
  3. IF and ONLY IF, your local veterinary does not hire minors or allow minors to shadow, have 48 service hours of formalized animal experience including service in FFA, 4-H, a working (income generating) farm/ranch**, a kennel, an animal shelter, raising show animals or other. 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.

What is a Veterinarian?

Today's veterinarian is dedicated to protecting the health and welfare of both animals and people. 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 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:

For a link to the curriculum a professional student in veterinary medicine follows, click the link below:
DVM Curriculum

Registration for Veterinary Enrichment Camp

Registration for Veterinary Enrichment Camp - Application (click here for details)

Registration is not complete until you have submitted a complete application. Applications must be submitted complete (in one mailing) and be postmarked by the application deadline: Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Applications include the following:

  1. Application form (click here for details)
  2. $20 nonrefundable check or money order made payable to Texas A&M University. If accepted, a $530 nonrefundable fee is required in each acceptance packet with your permission forms.
  3. 2" X 3" photo for the camp participant display board
  4. Personal resume
  5. High school transcript in a sealed envelope (It is permissible for this one item to come separately, as some high schools will not release these to students. Deadlines for postmarking apply!)
  6. One-page Essay
  7. Letter of recommendation from high school counselor (Please have your counselor give you their letter in a sealed envelope, with their signature across the seal.)
  8. Letter of recommendation from veterinarian for whom you worked/volunteered OR, IF and ONLY IF your veterinarian does not hire minors, please send a letter from a supervisor of your animal experience, for ex: Ag teacher, etc.
    (Please have your Vet or supervisor give you their letter in a sealed envelope, with their signature across the seal.)
  9. Volunteer hours record form
  10. Checklist of application materials

ONLY COMPLETE APPLICATIONS need be submitted. ALL application materials should arrive in one envelope and be postmarked no later than Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Acceptance letters will be mailed by Friday, April 11, 2014.  Please do not call regarding the progress of application reviews after the March 5, 2014 deadline.

Late applications are not accepted and there are no exceptions.

Selection Process: Applications will be looked at for completeness. 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 students' applications will receive a random number and a drawing will be held to determine participants.

Program check-in: Check-in will be held on campus from 4:30pm to 5:30pm on the first day of the program. Check-in will not start early and students should arrive in a timely manner. The program will conclude at 12:00pm on the last day of the camp. Students may not leave the program activities at any time after check-in. Students may not leave, after the conclusion of the camp, with any individual except a parent, unless the student arrived in a self-driven vehicle. Students must have flights leaving by 3:00pm on the last day of camp. Parents must pick students up by 12:00pm on the last day of camp. If anyone other than a parent is picking up the student, written permission must be submitted prior to the beginning of camp and a valid ID will be required at check-out.

Students arriving by air* should fly into College Station, TX (airport code CLL) prior to 3:30pm on the first day of camp. In order to have someone meet the student at the airport, please email David Kincaid at bims@cvm.tamu.edu with "Attn: David Kincaid Vet Camp" in the subject line. Please send this notification no later than 2 weeks prior to the camp.
*Students arriving prior to check in should bring a book to read until check in.  Students should also bring cash for the purchase of lunch and/or snacks.

Sample Itinerary: To view a Sample Itinerary, click here.

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 the Department of Student Life, Services for Students with Disabilities, in Cain Hall or call 979-845-1637.

For Further Information Contact:

David Kincaid or Anna Budvitis

College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Biomedical Sciences Program

Texas A&M University
Room 159 Reynolds

MS 4465
College Station, TX 77843-4465
800-874-9591

(Office is closed 12:00-1:00pm daily)