The Buckeye Vet Prep Academy is a week-long
summer camp that educates high school students about the veterinary medicine
profession through seminars and hands-on activities at Ohio State.
Fifty-five students attended discussions about
careers in veterinary specializations including Zoo and Wildlife medicine,
Small and Large Animal Internal Medicine, Veterinary Public Health and more.
They were able to take part in a surgery lab, where they practiced basic
suturing, bandaging and neutering procedures on teddy bears.
They also participated in off-campus experiences
around Ohio, including a behind-the-scenes tour of the Columbus
Zoo, the Capital Area Humane Society and a trip to The Wilds conservation
center and safari.
Incoming high school senior Diarra Richardson from Mason, Ohio, said going to The Wilds was one of his
favorite experiences of the camp. There Richardson was able to see his favorite animal, a cheetah, along with
many other exotic species.
Although high school juniors Amber and Erin Snyder from Adamstown, Maryland are mainly interested in equine science, they also considered the visit to The Wilds to be their favorite experience.
The camp, which took place from June 15-20,
concluded with a graduation ceremony where students were given the opportunity
to present all they had learned to their parents.
The Buckeye Vet Prep Academy was developed by
April Pugh, director of Admissions and Recruitment, with the help of assistant
director Shayna Mohr. The camp plays a big role in supporting students’
feelings toward veterinary medicine and aims to give them a career path to look
forward to, as well as better prepare them for their future education.
This is the second year the camp has run, and we're already looking forward to next year! Feel free to check out
a brief video that highlights the camp, created by two student interns at the college: Buckeye Vet Prep Academy 2014.
Posted June 24, 2014