Boiler Vet Camp

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.

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Program Overview

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.

I’d always been interested in working with animals but wasn’t sure if I wanted to become a veterinarian until I spent a week at Boiler Vet Camp. This experience gave me a glimpse into what it means to be a veterinarian by showing me firsthand how rewarding and exciting it can be.

In my time at BVC I had dozens of unique opportunities like one-on-one lessons from expert veterinarians, canine CPR training, touring Purdue’s campus and the veterinary school, watching my first surgery, meeting others my age with similar interests, and treating mock patients like a real veterinarian. Each day was new and more exciting than the last but getting to work in the laboratories and watch surgeries were definitely my favorite experiences!

I had an amazing time at Boiler Vet Camp and credit this as the experience that put me on the road to becoming a veterinarian.

Michah Flahaven

DVM Class of 2026