Veterinary and Wild Animal Science Camps

Because of the uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been unable
to establish any plans for our 2021 summer camps.

When the situation changes, we will post schedules and additional information on this page.

2020 Veterinary Science Camps

These action-packed camps offer training in basic veterinarian procedures—physical exams, CPR, and such—and explore specialized techniques for treating wild zoo animals. Campers handle specialized equipment—dart guns, radio-tracking equipment, etc.—and senior level campers go behind the scenes twice and into the park after hours once to see how veterinarians and animal care staff work together to keep zoo animals healthy. Ours is the only camp in the world to offer these opportunities.

All sessions are taught by the Zoo's own veterinary division staff with assistance from top-level students enrolled at the North Carolina State University Veterinary School.

Learn about Junior Vet Camps (for rising 7th to 9th graders) and about Senior Vet Camps (for rising 10th graders to college freshmen)

2020 Wild Animal Science Camps

The North Carolina Zoo's Wild Animal Research Camp acquaints campers with some of the techniques that researchers use to study animals in the wild. These techniques include reading scat and other signs and using camera traps, and for the overnight campers, employing night vision equipment.

Learn about Junior Wild Animal Science Camps (for rising 6th to 9th graders) and about Senior Wild Animal Science Camps (for rising 9th graders to college freshmen)