For those excited by science, who enjoy working with animals, and would like to find out more about what it takes to become a veterinarian or veterinary nurse, this program is just the ticket! Aspiring veterinary healthcare professionals will experience first-hand the fascinating world of veterinary medicine.
The only camp of its kind in Indiana, Boiler Vet Camp gives want-to-be veterinarians or veterinary nurses the chance to live out their dreams. This camp is designed for students who are interested in becoming veterinary healthcare professionals and provides a preview into the real and vast fields of veterinary medicine. Students who attended a previous camp can not repeat the same camp.
Through presentations, demonstrations, laboratories, visits and in-depth, hands-on activities, students will discover what modern veterinary medicine is all about. Students will gain personal experience of what it is like to attend vet school and what it takes to become a veterinarian or veterinary nurse through this seven day on-campus experience at one of the premier veterinary schools in the country. Students entering 8th and 9th grades are eligible to attend Junior Camp and students entering the 10th, 11th, or 12th grades are eligible to attend the Senior Camp. The minimum age required to attend Vet Camp is 12 years of age.
Many partnering organizations have joined with the College of Veterinary Medicine to provide financial assistance for both camps. Partial scholarships are available. Camp fees are all-inclusive for the hands-on in-residence camps.
The seven-day Senior Camp cost is $1,600 and it is open to students entering 10th, 11th, 12th grades. Camp is scheduled for June 9–15, 2024.
The seven-day Junior Camp cost $1,100 and it is open to students entering 8th–9th grades. Camp is currently scheduled for June 2–8, 2024.
Walking into Lynn Hall for the first time as a 13-year-old for the Junior Boiler Vet Camp was an unparalleled feeling. That week I was able to experience so many amazing things, such as seeing a horse run on a treadmill and holding a pig’s heart in my hands. I was hooked and just had to participate in the Senior Boiler Vet Camp too, which was the perfect continuation of the Junior Camp. From the Boiler Vet Camps, I built some lasting relationships that I still have years later, and it definitely cemented my desire to become a veterinarian.
As a first-year vet student currently, I look back on the summer camps fondly. They were the best summer camps I went to and definitely gave me drive to better myself as an applicant. The best part is remembering some of the things I learned in the Boiler Vet Camps and being able to apply it now as a first year.
DVM Class of 2026