VetCAMP

Find out if you are serious about veterinary medicine

What is VetCAMP?

VetCAMP (Veterinary Career Aptitude and Mentoring Program) is an intensive weeklong summer program for high school students at the UGA campus in Athens. At VetCAMP, students experience veterinary medicine – and will be involved in activities aimed at evaluating their skills and competitiveness as future veterinarians. The week is filled with visits and hands-on learning at our veterinary teaching hospital, diagnostic labs, and the Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center — and highlighted by a behind-the-scenes tour of the Georgia Aquarium. In addition, campers learn about what vet school is all about – from admissions to classes to study abroad opportunities, to the wide variety of career paths veterinary medicine has to offer!

UGA VetCAMP 2023 will be hosted June 4 – June 10, 2023.

The application period for VetCAMP 2023 is opened from December 12, 2022 – January 23, 2023.

To apply:

For full consideration, all application materials must be RECEIVED BY the posted deadline.

Application and program deadlines

  • January – all application materials must be received
  • February/March – applicants are notified of our decision via email
  • April – program fee for accepted applicants is due
  • April – full refund of program fee, less a $20 administrative fee, if cancellation is received by specified date at 8PM EDT
  • May – refund of 50% of program fee, less a $20 administrative fee, if the cancellation request is received by specified date at 8PM EDT

Frequently asked questions

Who can attend VetCAMP?

Our VetCampers must be  10th, 11th or 12th grade students at the time of application who are interested in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine.

Do I have to apply to VetCAMP?

Yes. The application for VetCAMP opens up in December of each year. Applicants will be notified by email if they are accepted. Students interested in applying to the program must complete an online application, upload a video essay, and provide a copy of their high school transcript. In addition, our office must receive a teacher/counselor recommendation on behalf of the application.

What are the qualifications for VetCAMP?

Applicants must be 10th, 11th, or 12th grade students at the time of application. We consider all aspects of the application when making final decisions, including the content of the application, the video essay,  a student’s high school transcript, and the teacher/counselor recommendation.

What is the cost to attend?

The program fee is $1000 and covers all expenses for the week, including lodging, meals, instruction, lab materials, scrubs, and social activities. Financial assistance is available to participants with demonstrated need and can only be requested once a student has been accepted into the program.

How do meals and lodging work?

VetCAMP participants reside in the dorms on the UGA Athens campus for the week. Students are accompanied by current CVM student ambassadors as well as staff from the College. When on campus, meals are provided at the on campus dining halls. When off campus, meals are planned accordingly. Dietary restrictions are always accommodated. The program fee includes the cost of all meals and lodging.

I was accepted but now I can’t attend. Can I get a refund?

If you have paid the program fee for VetCAMP, but can no longer attend, all cancellations must be submitted in writing (email accepted). The individual who made the original payment will receive:

  • A full refund, less an administrative fee of $20, if cancellation is received in writing by 8PM EDT on Monday, April 24, 2023.
  • A refund of 50%, less an administrative fee of $20, if the cancellation request is received in writing by 8PM EDT on Monday, May 8, 2023.
  • No refund for a “No Show” or for a cancellation request received after 8PM EDT on May 8, 2023.

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