In June, a select group of 44 high school students arrived at 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.
During the week, the students heard from various veterinarians and related speakers and participated in wetlabs and surgical-training labs. They also had the opportunity to observe the various services at the Veterinary Medical Center, Columbus Zoo & Aquarium and the Waterman Dairy Center.
The group of 44 students, were selected from a 136 total applicants. Of those selected, 80 percent come from demographics that are under-represented in the veterinary profession. Some students traveled from close cities such as Powell, OH and Dublin, while 20 were non-Ohio residents, hailing from states as far as California and the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. Their average GPA is 3.6.
The camp was developed in 2013 by April Pugh, director of Admissions, Recruitment and Special Events 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.