Centenary Summer Scholars: Veterinary Science Camp

Hackettstown, NJ


This course 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. They 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!

Previous summers have included working with pigeons, dissecting a horse leg, dressing wounds, learning about the wide variety of careers in the veterinary field, and much more. 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.

Students will focus on common canine and feline diseases as well as familiarizing themselves with signs of disease, therapeutic treatments, and methods of prevention. Other small animals, such as birds, reptiles, and small quadruped mammals will be studied as well. Students will focus on anatomy, physiology, safety and welfare as well as other important issues and fundamental concepts.

Veterinary Science include a visit to a veterinary office to observe a surgery (if possible) as well as visits to the equestrian center and the local animal auction. It will also include study of animal nutrition, physiology, and anatomy. Students will also work on pharmacology, clinical pathology other important issues in modern veterinary science.

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