2022 Veterinary Science Camps

Great news! The Zoo’s veterinary staff plans to, once again, offer four on-site veterinary camps. We will be accepting 22 campers to each of our camps and eligible campers will be admitted in the order that they complete their applications.

Our single day Junior Camps are suitable for rising 7th through 9th graders. Our three-day Senior Camps are suitable for 10 graders through first-year college students.

These one-of-a-kind veterinary camps brings young people to the Zoo to explore a future career in veterinary medicine. Campers practice basic veterinary procedures—giving physical exams, administering CPR, trying sutures, and more—and explore some of the specialized skills veterinarians use to care for wild animals. Most sessions are taught in the Zoo's veterinary center.

Application Process

Submit the following:

  • A current transcript or report card confirming a "B" or higher grade point average.
  • The name and phone number of a science teacher or veterinarian as a reference
  • A completed online Veterinary Camp Application form [see below]
  • A Completed Veterinary Camp Health Form (see below)
  • A $5 application processing fee ($7.50 if applying to both camps)
  • A $50 deposit for Junior Camp or a $150 deposit for Senior Camp*
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination (due 1 month before camp begins.)

 

* Deposits are not cashed or charged until a camper is accepted.

Our Commitment to Safety

Our senior camps are overnight camps. Three veterinary student counselors remain with the campers overnight and throughout the camps.
Campers lodge at the Valerie H. Schindler Wildlife Learning Center, located a short walk away from the Zoo's Veterinary Hospital. Learn more about the Learning Center here. Male campers and the veterinary counselors sleep on the second floor of the Learning Center. Female students sleep on the first floor and in a room located in the basement.
Typically, we do not allow campers to leave the Learning Center during camp because we hold work sessions after dinner. We want campers to have free time to talk to counselors about getting into veterinary school and about the veterinary school experience. However, this year, because of concerns about COVID, we will allow parents to pick their youngsters up at 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Camper should return to the learning center by 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
COVID PROTOCOLS DURING CAMP
All campers must provide proof of vaccination.
Campers will be required to wear masks during all indoor activities except when actively drinking or eating.
Campers will maintain social distancing at all times.
We provide air-inflated sleeping mats for the camper to sleep on both nights. Campers will be assigned to spaces that allow them to place their sleeping mats at least 6 feet apart. Matts will be sanitized before the campers arrive on Friday and on Saturday morning.

 

2022 Junior Veterinary Camps

Camp Tuition*   $331 for North Carolina Zoo Society Members,  $381 for non-members

We provide a $20 refund to campers who complete the application process and pay their tuition in full by February 1.

2022 Junior Camp Dates

  • Saturday, May 14 - This camp is full, waitlist only
  • Saturday, August 6

To begin the application process, complete the following online application form and download the 2022 Senior Camp Health form. Completed Health Forms may be emailed as PDFs to bsigafoos@nczoo.com; mailed to North Carolina Zoo Society; 4403 Zoo Parkway; Asheboro, NC 27205; or FAXed to 336-879-3963.

 

2022 Senior Veterinary Camps

Camp Tuition is $619 for North Carolina Zoo Society Members, $669 for non-members. 

We provide a $25 refund to campers who complete the application process and pay their tuition in full by February 1.

2022 Senior Camp Dates

  • June 17-19 - This camp is full. Applications for waitlist only.
  • July 15-17  -  This camp is full. Applications for waitlist only.

To begin the application process, complete the following online application form and download the 2022 Senior Camp Health form. Completed Health Forms may be emailed as PDFs to bsigafoos@nczoo.com; mailed to North Carolina Zoo Society; 4403 Zoo Parkway; Asheboro, NC 27205; or FAXed to 336-879-3963.

Junior Vet Camp Application Materials

Additional Junior Vet Camp Resources

  • 2021 Junior Vet Camp Overview  Coming soon
  • 2021 Junior Camp Brochure   Comming soon

Senior Vet Camp Application Materials are No Longer Available. All Camp and Wait List Slots are Filled.

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.

Questions/More Information

Please contact zoocamps@nczoo.com 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.