Veterinary Enrichment Camp
Tuesday, July 19 - Friday, July 22, 2016
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
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, 2015, 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:
- 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
- Have 24 work or service hours under the supervision of a
veterinarian in a clinical or research setting* - OR
- 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
*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.
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
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
Registration for Veterinary Enrichment Camp
the 2016 Veterinary Enrichment Camp Application
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: Friday, March 4, 2016.
Applications include the following:
- $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.
- 2" X 3" photo for the camp participant display board
- Personal resume
- 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!)
- One-page Essay (See application for essay prompt)
- 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.)
- 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.)
- Volunteer hours record form
- 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 11,
2015. (Friday, March 4, 2016)Acceptance letters will be
mailed by Friday, April 10, 2015. (Wednesday,
April 13, 2016) Please do not call regarding the progress of
application reviews after the March 11, 2015
(March 4, 2016)deadline.
Late applications are not accepted and there are no
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with "Attn:
David Kincaid Vet Camp" in the subject line. Please send this
notification no later than 2 weeks prior to the camp.
Students flying into College Station should make their connecting
flights through Houston as the vet camp staff can more easily get
to Houston in case of cancelled flights or missed
*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.
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.
David Kincaid or Leanne Burck
College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-4465
Phone: 1-800-874-9591 (Office is closed 12:00-1:00pm