Summer Veterinary Camp

Campers pose with a bunnyWant to work in a clinic, laboratory or shelter? What about at a wildlife sanctuary, in a zoo or on a farm? Veterinarians practice in these and many other locations!

Each summer, MSU CVM offers a series of fun, educational camps specifically for students age 10 to 17 with dreams of one day becoming a veterinarian, scientist or working in an animal-focused career. MSU Vet Camp is a hands-on experience led by actual veterinary medicine professors with the assistance of current veterinary students, who serve as camp counselors. Camp features a variety of interactive labs, allowing participants to explore the world of veterinary medicine.

Both day and overnight camps are available based upon camper age, with day camps lasting either one day or three days and overnight camps lasting five days.

Our camp will engage all your senses, as you see, feel, smell and hear about animals from the view of a veterinarian. Your curiosity will be ignited as you experience animal anatomy, microbiology, radiology, and an array of other real-life aspects of a career caring for animals. And, speaking of careers, you’ll learn about the many different avenues available in the field from small to large animal, public health, pathology, research, rehabilitation and more!

Campers observe a procedure in the lab


Sounds like fun, right? To take part, you’ll need to apply.

Being accepted to MSU Vet Camp is competitive! We receive hundreds of applications for a set number of slots.

Interested campers are required to submit an online application, essay and letter of recommendation. The application portal opens in late January and is generally open for a month. Those selected to participate are notified by the end of April.

Apply for the Summer Veterinary Camp

(Remember, the application portal is only open for a set time as noted above each year!)A student examines the mouth of a model dog

Campers get instruction for the fish lab