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Who wants to go to vet camp?

Vet Set Go will sponsor three youngsters at Auburn’s weeklong, hands-on summer program.

Who wants to go to vet camp?
Participants at Auburn University’s 2019 Junior Vet Camp show off their surgical gear.

An organization that encourages young people to consider careers in veterinary medicine is inviting three middle schoolers to attend Auburn University’s Junior Vet Camp this summer free of charge.

Applications for Vet Set Go’s “Become a Veterinarian Camp Contest” will be accepted starting March 2 at www.vetsetgo.com. The opportunity, which is limited to students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades, expires March 28.

The $835 prize covers tuition, room and board. The camp will take place from July 12 to 17 at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in Auburn, Alabama.

“The love of animals is a passion that begins early,” said Chris Carpenter, DVM, founder and president of Vet Set Go. “That’s why we’re proud to give aspiring veterinarians a chance to attend Auburn University’s Junior Vet Camp [and] give them early access to the world of veterinary medicine.”

Three scholarship recipients will be selected from among applicants who complete a 300-word essay on one of three topics: why they want to be a veterinarian, why they love animals, or what they have done to get animal experience or learn more about science.

The Auburn camp will feature classroom and laboratory learning on topics ranging from public health, food animals and wildlife to anatomy, X-rays and first aid.

“Because of their young age, it can be difficult for young people to find opportunities to gain animal experience or volunteer, which is a competitive factor for entrance to veterinary programs,” Dr. Carpenter said. “Our Vet Set Go contest offers a solution to this challenge by giving future veterinarians a unique opportunity to pursue their dreams starting now.”

Dr. Carpenter is the executive director of the Companion Animal Parasite Council.


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