VetCAMP

Sunday, June 7 - Saturday, June 13, 2020

Application period open Monday, December 2, 2019 – Friday, January 24, 2020.

Serious about veterinary medicine? VetCAMP is the summer program for you to really find out.

What is VetCAMP?

VetCAMP (Veterinary Career Aptitude and Mentoring Program) is a week-long, on-campus summer program for high school students. 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 hand-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, VetCampers 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!

To apply:

  • Online application
  • $20 application fee
  • Teacher/counselor recommendation form (emailed directly from teacher/counselor as a PDF attachment to vetcamp@uga.edu)
  • High school transcript
    • Your transcript should be emailed as a PDF attachment directly from a staff/faculty member from your high school to vetcamp@uga.edu (preferred method). Alternatively, an official copy of your transcript can be mailed to:
      VetCAMP
      c/o Academic Affairs
      501 DW Brooks Dr.
      Athens, GA 30602
  • YouTube video answering the following prompt (please keep the maximum length of your video to 90 seconds)
    Aside from loving animals, what 3 qualities make a successful veterinarian, and how have you demonstrated these qualities?

Please note that all application materials must be RECEIVED BY January 24, 2020.

Application and program deadlines

  • January 24, 2020 – all application materials must be received
  • February 21, 2020 – applicants are notified of our decision via email
  • April 3, 2020 – program fee for accepted applicants is due
  • April 24, 2020 – full refund of program fee, less a $20 administrative fee, if cancellation is received in writing by 5PM EDT
  • May 8, 2020 – refund of 50% of program fee, less a $20 administrative fee, if the cancellation request is received in writing by 5PM 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. We accept up to 52 students for VetCamp. The application period runs from the first Monday of December each year until the fourth Friday in January. Applicants will be notified by email if they are accepted.

Students interested in applying to the program must complete an online application, a YouTube video answering a given prompt, and submit an official high school transcript as well as a teacher/counselor recommendation. There is also a $20 application fee.

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 applicant’s YouTube video, high school transcripts, and teacher/counselor recommendation.

What is the cost to attend?

The program fee is $900 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. Students who are accepted into VetCAMP may request a financial assistance application by emailing us at vetcamp@uga.edu.

The program fee for students accepted into VetCAMP is due by the first Friday of April.

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 been accepted into VetCAMP, but cannot attend, all cancellations must be submitted in writing. 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 5pm EDT on Friday, April 24, 2020.
  • A refund of 50%, less an administrative fee of $20, if the cancellation request is received in writing by 5pm EDT on Friday, May 8, 2020.
  • No refund for a “No Show” or for a cancellation request received after 5pm EDT on May 8.

An in-depth look at VetCAMP