Royal Canin has teamed up with Vet Set Go to give aspiring teen and tween veterinarians the chance to win one of three sought-after spots at Auburn University’s junior vet camp.
“Like many of my colleagues, my love for animals and desire to help them was awakened at a young age,” says Laura Pletz, DVM, scientific services manager at Royal Canin.
“In early elementary school, I remember being so appreciative of the veterinarian who cared for my puppy when he broke his leg. I dreamed of being able to provide that same level of care for all animals, which is the moment I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian. I never strayed from that passion and would have loved to have had the opportunity to participate in a program such as junior vet camp.”
The camp runs from July 14 to 19 and is offered to students entering sixth through eighth grade. Three contest winners will receive all-inclusive entry including free tuition, meals, and housing.
Attendees will learn about veterinary treatment in classrooms, laboratories, and outdoor facilities. The students will be taught about public health, food, animals, wildlife, anatomy, x-rays, and first aid. Mentoring about veterinary science careers will also be available.
“The passion for pursuing a veterinary career often begins from the simple love of animals,” says founder and president of Vet Set Go, Chris Carpenter, DVM, MBA. “It is incredible to watch the passion our youth holds for pets, and we are thrilled to be able to support their dreams. With the help of Royal Canin, we can provide opportunities they will remember for a lifetime.”
The contest is open until March 29. Students must submit their personal story on why they want to be a veterinarian, as well as include a picture of themselves helping or spending time with pets/animals.
With the help of an adult, students can submit their entry at: vetsetgo.com/about/become-a-vet-camp-contest-2019