Veterinary Enrichment Camp
Tuesday, July 21 - Friday, July 24, 2015
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 freshmen admissions)
- 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 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.
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
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:
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 11,
2015. Applications include the following:
- Application form (click here for details)
- $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.
Acceptance letters will be mailed by Friday, April 10,
2015. Please do not call regarding the progress of
application reviews after the March 11, 2015 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 email@example.com 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.
Sample Itinerary: To view a Sample Itinerary,
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Policy
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,
David Kincaid or Anna Budvitis
College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-4465
(Office is closed 12:00-1:00pm