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2023 Veterinary Camps

These Camp Are All New!

New Topics & New Logistics

We have updated and improved our former veterinary camps! All 2023 camps will be limited to one-day, beginning at 7:30 a.m. and ending at 4:30 p.m. Tuition covers lunch, snacks, T-shirts, and all camp activities. A large percentage of tuition fees qualify as tax-deductible donations to the North Carolina Zoo Society, a 501(c)3. (Proceeds fund Zoo veterinary needs.)
Our Mission: These one-of-a-kind camps bring future veterinarians and veterinary technicians into the Zoo's veterinary center to explore animal healthcare and to experience snippets of what it is like to work in zoological medicine, the highly-specialized field organized around the complex needs of wild animals living in zoos and in wilderness.
Who Teaches: The Zoo's veterinary staff will lead all three versions of these camps using presentations, demonstrations, laboratory work, and in-depth, hands-on activities to introduce campers to a generalized overview of zoological medicine, which will be followed by experiences that explore techniques and issues related to the unique needs of specified groups or taxa of animals. Each camp will focus on either Mammals; Birds; or Reptiles, Amphibians, Fish, and Insects. Except for the general introduction to veterinary medicine, program contents will vary considerably among the three camps, so campers can attend successive camps without repeating the same activities.
Learn more or begin the application process by clicking here.

New Schedules & Programs

Junior Veterinary Camps are Suitable for Rising 7th Through 9th Graders.

The dates and topics for 2023's one-day Junior Camps are as follows:
Saturday, April 22: This camp will focus on reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates.
Saturday, June 10: This camp will focus on birds.
Saturday, September 23: This camp will focus on mammals.

Senior Veterinary Camps are Suitable for Rising 10th-graders to First-year College Students

The dates and topics for 2023's one-day Senior Camps are as follows:
Saturday, May 6: This camp will focus on the veterinary needs of mammals.
Saturday, July 15: This camp will focus on the veterinary needs of reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates.
Saturday, August 12: This camp will focus on the veterinary needs of birds.

Learn more or begin the application process by clicking here.

2023 Wild Animal Science Camps

Overnight Camps for Future Conservation Scientists

The North Carolina Zoo’s Wild Animal Science Camps provide fun and educational opportunities for young, budding scientists! The camps’ hands-on activities mimic the fieldwork conservation scientists undertake in the wild and offer realistic overviews of what it might be like to follow in the footsteps of conservation heroes, like Jane Goodall or Dian Fossey.

Through carefully planned activities around the Zoo, campers practice research methods used by the Zoo’s field biologists when they work in the wild to save elephants, gorillas, vultures, and more. These activities show campers how to use camera traps and field guides to study animal behavior, identify footprints and bones, and investigate simulated human-animal conflicts.

Campers also undertake an exciting nighttime exploration of the Zoo to learn to use research equipment to observe and study wildlife in dim light. These experiences create a venue for campers to form friendships and network with people who share an interest in working to protect wildlife and habitats.

The Zoo's 2023 Schedule for these camps will be available soon. 

Planning for 2023 Veterinary Camps and 2023 Wild
Animal Camps is now underway.

Additional information and application guidelines will be available soon!