The Veterinary Science Camp combines hands-on experience with live animals with scientific principles in biology, chemistry, and anatomy. Students will take on the role of veterinary assistants under the watchful eye of a veterinarian. Laboratory work, such as conducting dissections, reviewing ultra sounds and x-rays, taking cultures, and suturing, will be performed. Campers will also visit a veterinary clinic and learn about careers in the field.
Campers will participate in many hands-on activities in the biology lab. Students will work with sample testing kits, set up a laboratory data collection system, participate in discussions and experiments to understand body systems and observe/participate in laboratory activities.
Tuesday--Intro to Veterinary Medicine
Participants will tour and observe a veterinary clinic and observe healthy animal examinations, then return to Penn State Berks and complete a chart detailing healthy animal examinations with various pets and complete subject project books.
Campers will head out to a large scale dairy farm to observe a "herd check" for preventative care.
Thursday--Animal Care Topics
Student will observe an ultrasound scan on a dog, study x-rays, assemble an animal first aid kit, and learn how to administer medications and practice injections.
Penn State faculty will discuss various career options career options for a pre-veterinary student and discuss animal ethical issues, and then hold a camp wrap-up, quiz owl tournament, and award certificates.
** The camp activities are based on the previous year's activities and are subject to change at the instructor's discretion.
Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Daily
FEE: $435 Commuter / $ 745 Residential
Lunch is included in the registration fee. Residential participants will arrive late Sunday afternoon and stay in the campus dorms. All meals and evening transportation are provided. There is an additional fee for evening activities (approximately $50). Residential information is mailed in June.
Register for Summer Camp
Register on line or for mail in registration, use this paper registration form. If you have questions, please contact the Continuing Education office at 610-396-6225 for assistance. Required consent forms needed to complete the camper application are available here and should be returned to Penn State Berks, Continuing Education, P.O. Box 7009, Reading, PA 19610-6009. FAX? 610-396-6226 or scan and email the documents to email@example.com.