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Camp Description:

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.

Camp Overview**

Monday--Laboratory Work

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.

Friday--Career Exploration

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.

Camp Details

July 11-15
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

Veterinary Science Camp has reached maximum enrollment and is no longer accepting registration.

Please consider one of our other High School STEM camp programs!


Questions?  Please contact Cathleen Phillips at 610-396-6225 or cxp57@psu.edu.



Penn State Berks
Continuing Education
P.O. Box 7009
Tulpehocken Road
Reading, PA 19610






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