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UGA Veterinary College Sets Date for VetCaAMP

The on-site program lets participants observe and participate in various animal related services.

Corrie Brown of the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine shows high school students samples of the bot fly parasite in a horse stomach in the college's necropsy lab. The students were part of the summer Duke Talent Identification Programs at UGA.
Corrie Brown of the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine shows high school students samples of the bot fly parasite in a horse stomach in the college's necropsy lab. The students were part of the summer Duke Talent Identification Programs at UGA.

By Kat Gilmore

Registration for VetCAMP 2014 opens Monday, Dec. 9, and runs through Wednesday, Feb. 5.

VetCAMP, or Veterinary Career Aptitude and Mentoring Program, is a seven-day program open to current high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who would like to experience veterinary medicine as a potential career path. The on-site program lets participants observe and participate in various services in the UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital, the Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center and the College’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories.

“Over the last few years, the program has grown and become a very successful pipeline for a diverse group of students interested in a career in veterinary medicine.” said Dr. K. Paige Carmichael, associate dean for academic affairs. “We maintain contact with all our participants. I am happy to say that all of our former VetCAMPers maintain a strong interest in a career in veterinary medicine. We have now former VetCAMP participants enrolled at UGA, in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Science, and at Berry College.”

The students will learn about: requirements for admission to the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine; research opportunities; study abroad opportunities; the college’s veterinary curriculum, as well as underserved specialties in the field of veterinary medicine.

VetCAMP will be held Sunday, July 13 through Saturday, July 19. The students will be housed on the UGA campus. The $900 fee includes lodging, meals, instruction and social activities. Scholarships or financial assistance are available to students with demonstrated need.

Students who wish to be considered for the program must complete a registration packet that includes a registration form, a teacher/counselor recommendation form, and an essay; an official high school transcript must also be submitted. The packet may be downloaded from the VetCAMP website by clicking here.

For more information about the program, contact Lakecia Pettway at lpettway@uga.edu or 706-542-8411, or see the program’s website.

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