From June 27 to July 1, select high school students ventured to The Ohio State University for Buckeye Vet Prep Academy, hosted by the College of Veterinary Medicine
Buckeye Vet Prep Academy educates interested students about the veterinary profession through a one-week summer camp that includes seminars and hands-on activities at Ohio State; this is the fourth year it has run.
“Buckeye Vet Prep Academy exposes underrepresented minorities to the profession, and it allows students to think outside of the box in terms of what veterinary medicine,” said April Pugh, director of Admissions, Recruitment and Special Events and the camp’s developer. “Veterinary medicine is not all about small animals, and I hope students learn about the field’s diverse career options.”
This year the college welcomed 49 students, who heard from various veterinarians and related speakers and participated in surgical-training labs. They also had the opportunity to observe the various services at the Veterinary Medical Center.
Additionally, the students got a behind-the-scenes tour of the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium and Waterman Dairy Center, and heard from staff members of the Ohio Wildlife Center and Ohio House Rabbit Rescue, both of which brought live animals.
Of the 49 students, 65 percent embody demographics that are under-represented in the veterinary profession, and 22 are non-Ohio residents, coming from states as far as Arizona and California. Their average GPA is 3.5.
The camp was developed in 2013 by Pugh, with the help of Shayna Mohr, assistant director of Professional Programs. 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.
“My favorite part of it is getting to know each student personally. They’re all excited about veterinary medicine and learning in general,” Pugh said. “That’s probably the best part.”