2021 Veterinary Science Camps
Great news! The Zoo’s veterinary staff plans to, once again, offer four on-site veterinary camps. The camps will accept fewer students than our original camps did, and we will enforce strict COVID-safe protocols throughout the camps.
Our Junior Camps—suitable for rising 9th through 10th graders—will follow the same schedule as our former Junior Veterinary Camps.
Our Senior Camps—suitable for rising 11th graders to first-year college students— have been shortened to one-day camp, but that "day" will be packed with approximately 12 hours of programming. This time extension will allow us to retain the most popular training experiences from our original senior camps and offer a suite of new experiences, too. The Senior Camp’s new experiences will begin in the early evening when campers can invite one parent and a second guest (another family member or a friend) to join the fun. They will be able to join us for dinner, a couple of training activities, and a nighttime safari into the Park with Zoo veterinary staff.
All applicants must provide the following:
- A current transcript or report card showing a minimum "B" grade point average
- The name/phone number of a veterinarian, science teacher, or homeroom teacher as a reference
- A completed online Veterinary Camp Application form [opens as a new tab/page]
- A mailed or FAX copy of the appropriate Veterinary Camp Health Form (see below)
- A $5 application processing fee ($7.50 if applying to both camps)
Because we usually receive many more applications from qualified candidates than we have openings for camp, we will hold a lottery on March 30 to select our campers.
Scroll to the bottom of the page for information on paying a small additional fee to guarantee early admission for your child. Only two early admission slots are available this year.
2021 Junior Veterinary Camps
$306 for NC Zoo Society Members
$356 for non-members
2021 Camp Dates
Saturday, May 15, 2021 (Co-Ed)
Saturday, August 7, 2021 (Co-Ed)
Suitable for rising 7th, 8th and 9th graders
This one-of-a-kind veterinary camp brings young people together to explore a future career in veterinary medicine. Campers spend time practicing several basic veterinarian procedures: giving physical exams, administering CPR, trying sutures, and such—and explores some of the specialized skills veterinarians use to care for wild animals in zoos. Most sessions are taught in the Zoo's veterinary center.
2021 Senior Veterinary Camps
$456 for NC Zoo Society Members
2021 Camp Dates
June 19, 2021 (Co-Ed)
July 10, 2021 (Co-Ed)
Suitable for rising 10th-12th graders and first-year college students
The Senior Veterinary Camp allows young people to practice a number of basic veterinarian procedures—giving physical exams, administering CPR, tying sutures, and such—and explore some of the specialized skills needed to care for wild animals in zoos. Most sessions are taught in the Zoo's veterinary center. Experiences include a nighttime foray into the Park, hands-on experience with an endoscope, and more.
Additional Junior Vet Camp Resources
- 2021 Junior Vet Camp Overview Coming soon
- 2021 Junior Camp Brochure Comming soon
Additional Senior Vet Camp Resources
- 2021 Senior Vet Camp Overview Comming soon
- 2021 Senior Vet Camp Brochure Comming soon
Junior Vet Camp Early Admission Program SOLD OUT
To guarantee your camper a spot in a 2021 Junior Veterinary Camp, you may choose an "early admission" option for enrollment. The early admission option must pay the non-refundable $50 fee and the $5 application processing fee at the beginning of the application process. Additional tuition fees may be paid at the same time, or the applicant may choose to pay these fees later. Applicants are given the option of paying the full tuition costs over time. Only two early admission slots are available for each camp in 2021.
All our early admission packages have been sold.
Senior Vet Camp Early Admissions Program
To guarantee your camper a spot in a 2021 Senior Veterinary Camp, you may choose an "early admission" option for enrollment. Campers who select the early admission options must pay the non-refundable $100 fee and the $5 application processing fee at the beginning of the application process. Additional tuition fees may be paid at the same time, or the applicant may choose to pay these fees later. Applicants are given the option of paying the full tuition costs over time.
To sign up for early admission, click here.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding veterinary camps.
Camp fees cover all expenses. A large portion of the admission fee is tax-deductible as a donation to the NC Zoo Society, the private, non-profit organization that raises money for the NC Zoo. Proceeds support the NC Zoo's Veterinary programs. Fees may be paid in installments. Non-member campers are provided with a Zoo Society membership when camp tuition is paid.