This veterinary science summer camp class introduces students to the veterinary field, teaches them many skills in working with animals, and gives them a leg up on medical or life science courses they may take in the future. Students learn about the anatomy of large and small animals, animal handling, husbandry and basic medical care.
Students address real veterinary situations as well as gain an understanding of important topics in veterinary medicine ranging from ethics to management. We meet with professionals in the field, and we work with animals large and small. If you love animals, and think you might want a career in veterinary science, this course is for you!
We work most of the time in the lab or in the field. We practice dressing wounds, and we do a lot of dissection and we have dissected: horse legs, cow and sheep brains, pig fetus’ and much more. We work on suturing using chickens as well; this program is hands-on! Students in our veterinary science summer camp have the opportunity to observe a veterinary practice in person, and learn scientific fundamentals in the laboratory. Case studies let them problem solve and come up with diagnoses. Students may also have the opportunity to perform dissections typically done by first year veterinary students to learn anatomy. Last summer students dissected a cat as well as cow eyes; they have also studied pigeons and other birds through dissection.