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Buckeye Vet Prep Academy

2018 Buckeye Vet Prep Camp

The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine is offering a summer residential camp for entering high school sophomores, juniors, seniors and newly graduated high school students (summer between high school graduation and university matriculation as of fall 2017). This is a six day residential camp that give participants an opportunity to learn more about veterinary school and the profession. The program takes place in a university environment and includes both social and educational activities. 

During Buckeye Vet Prep Camp attendees will:

  • Work side by side with current veterinary students as counselors and explore the world of veterinary medicine.
  • Take a behind the scenes tour of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.
  • Learn about the diverse career options in veterinary medicine.
  • Practice bandaging and suturing, learn how to read x-rays, give a clinical exam to a dog and participate in a variety of labs and seminars.

All students will be considered, but priority will be given to students who are considered traditionally underrepresented in veterinary medicine, which can include males and individuals from socioeconomic and or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. We accept both in state and out of state students.  

Program Eligibility:

To be eligible for the program, students must:

  1. be able to attend the whole week of the program, and stay in the residence dormitories at The Ohio State University;
  2. have an interest in exploring veterinary medicine or another health-related career;
  3. be a sophomore, junior, senior or a newly graduated high schools students as of fall 2018

Acceptance to the camp is very competitive.  We typically receive over 200 applications and we accept approximately forty students.  If you are not accepted, we strongly encourage you to apply again next year. 

Application Information:

  • Online application (below)
  • One Recommendation Form (only one form per student is needed)
  • Essay (submit through the online application)
  • Resume (sample below)
  • Official High School Transcript
  • $35 non-refundable application fee

The cost of attending the program is $650 and covers lodging, meals, instruction and social activities. 


Scholarships or financial assistance are available to those students with demonstrated need.  

Financial aid assistance form can be found at:

Your acceptance to the camp is not confirmed until you receive a confirmation email from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Refund policy

If you have been accepted into camp, but cannot attend, all cancellations must be submitted in writing. The individual who made the original payment will receive:

  • A full refund, less an administrative fee of $50, if cancellation is received in writing by 5 p.m. EST on Friday, April 21, 2018.
  • A refund of 50%, if the cancellation request is received in writing by 5 p.m. EST on Friday, May 5, 2018.
  • No refund for a "No Show" or for a cancellation request received less than 3 weeks prior to the start date of the program.


Camp will take place:  Sunday, June 25, 2018 at 5:00 pm (check-in) – Friday, June 30, 2018 at 12 noon (check-out)

Application opens: Tuesday, November 1, 2017 at 5:00 pm (EST) 

Deadline to submit:  Friday, January 6, 2018 at 5:00 pm (EST) (CLOSED)

Email Notification - decisions: Monday, March 6, 2018 at 5:00 pm (EST)

Payment due: Monday, April 10, 2018 at 5:00 pm (EST)

Please submit all materials, fee and payments to the following address:

Attn:  April Pugh
Buckeye Vet Prep Camp
The Ohio State University
College of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Medicine Academic Building
1900 Coffey Road
Columbus, Ohio 43210

(614) 247-1512 Phone
(614) 292-6989 Fax">">

We will accept materials via fax or email.  We encourage students to apply early.  

If you are missing application materials, we will contact you and give you plenty of time to get the missing materials to us to cut down calls to our office.  
If we have your application on file, we will work with you to make sure your file is complete and your application is reviewed by the committee. 

As we are processing application for vet camp, we ask for your patience and understanding.  Please keep in mind this is a busy time for our office as we are process applications for veterinary school as well.  We will respond to email and return phones call as soon as we can.  Please email">"> with any questions you may have about the camp.

Sample schedule - click for last year's schedule (subject to change each year)

Submit on-line application below.  

Note:  You must submit resume and essay question with on-line application.


Question # 1 Why do you want to attend Buckeye Vet Prep Academy.  What do you hope to learn and experience during the camp? (500 word maximum).

Resume (click for sample resume)

Please including the following (if applicable):  Name, address, email, telephone number, education (name of high school) work experience (include veterinary or animal experience), community service, extracurricular activities/academic clubs, awards, interests & hobbies. 

High School Transcripts 

Please fax, mail or email your most recent official high school transcript. 

Please send to:   

Attn:  April Pugh
Buckeye Vet Prep Camp
The Ohio State University
College of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Medicine Academic Building
1900 Coffey Road
Columbus, Ohio 43210 or 

Email to">">

One recommendation form (click for recommendations forms)

One recommendation form should be completed by teachers, guidance counselors, school administrators or employers; no relatives.  We do not recommend close family friends completing recommendation forms for students. Recommenders can email forms to">"> or fax (614) 292-6989. Mail to the above address:


Tips for completing application.

Read carefully.  Follow all directions.  Complete all forms in their entirety.  
Submit application by the deadline.
Please do not skip any question or leave any field blank.  If the question does not apply to please put N/A or select "no."
After submitting the online application, if you do not receive a confirmation please email">">

Note:  Your completion of this application does not guarantee a position in our camp.