Senior Vet Camp: June 14 - 19, 2020
Rising 9th – 11th Grade
The Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine partners with the Auburn University Office of Professional and Continuing Education to offer Vet Camps each summer to youth interested in the veterinary medicine profession.
Second-year veterinary students, with faculty, technicians and staff provide the veterinary coursework campers will take, which is similar to actual veterinary education. Campers learn and study on our campus in laboratories and classrooms designed for veterinary students.
Campers will learn about veterinary medicine first-hand in classrooms, laboratories, and outdoor facilities that include Auburn’s raptor, equine, dairy, beef, and swine units. Campers will learn about public health, food animals, wildlife, anatomy, imaging, and first aid, as well as gain valuable mentoring about veterinary science careers.
Camp participants will experience campus-life while residing in Auburn's resident dormitories, eating at campus dining facilities, and enjoying evening social and recreational activities. Campers will have 24/7 counselor supervision.
For more information on our world-renowned Veterinary program, please visit our website at: http://www.vetmed.auburn.edu/.
As a helpful guide to guide to explore veterinary medicine and the science of animals, visit Vet Set Go.
Breakfast and dinner will be provided in one of the newly-renovated campus dining locations. Lunch will be catered at the Auburn University Veterinary Medicine Facility. All dietary restrictions and allergies are taken into consideration for each meal.
The instructional activities and hands-on experiences for this camp will be held at the Auburn University Veterinary Medicine facility.
Scholarship Advisor & Coordinator of Student Development
Robbi Beauchamp joined the Office of Academic Affairs staff in the College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. Robbi serves in the role of Scholarship Advisor and Coordinator of Student Development. She received a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations Speech Communications from Auburn University in 1988. Robbi brings 25 plus years of experience in the areas of marketing, communications, business administration, recruiting, public relations and fund-raising to her role at the College of Veterinary Medicine. She and her husband, Robert, met while in school at Auburn and upon graduating were married and established their family and businesses in the Auburn/Opelika area.
How and when do I apply to Vet Camp?
- Applications open on December 2, 2019 and close on February 2, 2020 at 11:59 PM CST. Please use the application link posted on the correct Vet Camp for your upcoming grade. (Grade you will enter in Fall 2020.) To apply, you must fill out the application, upload a transcript and letter of recommendation, and write a 200 word essay answering the question, “Why do you want to become a veterinarian?”
There is a $25 non-refundable application fee. Please pay online immediately after submitting your application. Applicants who receive free or reduced lunch qualify for an application fee waiver. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Does submitting my application quickly improve my chances of acceptance?
- No. The selection committee reviews every application that is submitted before the deadline. We encourage you to take your time on your application, but be sure to submit it before February 2, 2020.
How many students apply for camp?
- Last year we had almost 200 middle school students apply for Junior Vet Camp, and 200 high school students apply for Senior Vet Camp. Approximately 100 rising high school seniors applied for Advanced Vet Camp. The number of applications we receive increases every year!
How many students apply for camp?
- Junior Vet Camp: 40 applicants
Senior Vet Camp: 48 applicants
Advanced Vet Camp: 14 applicants
What does the selection committee look for in a Vet Camp applicant?
- The selection committee is looking for applicants who show strong performance in math and science, clearly communicate their interest in becoming a veterinarian, and have a strong letter of recommendation.
Who should I pick for my letter of recommendation?
- We recommend that your letter is written by someone (other than a family member) who understands your goals to become a veterinarian. This person could be a teacher, mentor, coach, volunteer coordinator/supervisor, scout leader, etc.
My recommender wants to send my letter directly to AYP. What should they do?
- Please have them send your letter of recommendation to one of these addresses:
- Email: email@example.com
- Mail: Auburn Youth Programs
301 OD Smith Hall
135 S College St.
Auburn, AL 36849
I attended an Auburn vet camp before. Can I apply to attend again?
- In order to give more students the opportunity to attend Vet Camp, we do not allow campers to attend the same camp twice. If you have attended Junior Vet Camp, you are welcome to apply for Senior Vet Camp, but students who have not yet attended an Auburn Vet Camp will be given preference. ALL rising seniors will be equally considered to attend Advanced Vet Camp whether or not they have attended an Auburn Vet Camp in the past.
Can I submit test scores with my application?
- The selection committee does not review standardized state test scores or SAT/ACT scores. Please do not submit these scores with your application.
When and how will I find out if I am accepted?
- We plan to send acceptances in mid-March. You will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is there a waitlist for applicants who are not accepted?
- Applicants who are not accepted are placed on a ranked waitlist. We do not release rankings. When an accepted camper drops their spot, we will contact the next person on the waitlist as soon as possible.
Applications will open on December 2, 2019 and close on February 2, 2020. Notifications will be sent via email by March 15, 2020. Please read the Application FAQ before applying.
Accepted applicants will have until April 1, 2020 to accept their spot and pay a $100 deposit. All camp fees are due by May 1, 2020.
Camp Fees are $845 and include the following items:
- On campus housing
- All meals, snacks and drinks while at camp
- Program instruction, materials and equipment
- Transportation to and from off-campus field-trip sites
- Recreational activities
If a registration is canceled for any reason, the individual or organization making the original CAMP FEE payment will receive:
- A full refund, with a $25 administrative fee deduction, if the cancellation request is received at least 4 weeks prior to the start date of the program;
- A refund of 50%, if the cancellation request is received less than 4 weeks prior but at least 2 weeks prior to the program start date;
- No refund for a "No Show" or for a cancellation request received less than 2 weeks prior to the start date of the program.
Note: A registration may be transferred to another person at any time for a $25 transfer fee.
What to Bring to Camp:
Please pack lightly – but do not forget to bring bedding, a towel, and toiletries.
Campers should refrain from bringing no more than one (1) suitcase and one (1) personal sized bag to camp.
Need more room in your suitcase? Don’t pack your bedding, have it ready at check-in by purchasing a Linens Package!
- XL twin sheets/thick blanket or sleeping bag and pillow
- Alarm Clock
- Phone Charger
- Body Wash
- Toothbrush and Toothpaste
- Bath Towel
Clothing & Shoes:
- T-shirts: Loose fitting, tank tops must have straps three fingers wide and cover all undergarments
- Shorts: At least 3.5” inseam
- Two (2) pairs of jeans/long pants (no leggings) for field trips
- Tennis Shoes: We walk up to 6 miles daily!
- Closed toed shoes – must be worn everyday
- Swimsuit: For girls, a modest one piece swimsuit. For boys, no speedos or jammers.
- Flip-flops or Water Shoes: For the pool
- Sweatshirt or Jacket
- Dress up Outfit: Dressy casual (modest) outfit (e.g.: modest sundress, polo & khakis, pants & blouse)
- Rain Jacket or Poncho
- Laundry Bag
- Beach Towel: For the pool
- Bug spray/Sunscreen
- $50 key/meal card deposit: Make check payable to Auburn University
- Spending Money
Last Updated: November 20, 2019