Royal Canin and Vet Set Go, the first and only community dedicated to aspiring teen and tween veterinarians, have announced the launch of the 2018 Become A Veterinarian Camp Contest.
The contest offers students entering sixth through eighth grade the chance to win a spot at Auburn University’s Junior Vet Camp from July 15-20. The prize package includes free tuition, meals, and housing.
“The love of animals is often where the early passion is ignited for veterinarians,” said Chris Carpenter, DVM, MBA, founder and president of Vet Set Go. “Our field is expected to grow in the coming years, and this time in adolescents’ lives is critical to nurture and support these dreams and give a glimpse of what the future can hold. We couldn’t do this without the support of Royal Canin and are grateful for the partnership.”
Three grand-prize winners will be chosen to attend the camp to learn about veterinary medicine first-hand in classrooms, laboratories, and outdoor facilities. Students will learn about public health, food, animals, wildlife, anatomy, X-rays, and first aid, as well as gain valuable mentoring about veterinary science careers while on the campus in Auburn, Ala.
“Royal Canin believes veterinarians are at the core of making a better world for pets, and we recognize the importance of encouraging future veterinarians across the country to pursue their dreams,” said Brent Mayabb, DVM, chief veterinary officer and vice president of corporate affairs for the company. “For aspiring veterinarians, it can be difficult to find opportunities where they can get experience working with animals at a young age. This contest is designed to help overcome this challenge and give students access to the world of veterinary medicine.”
To enter, students can share their personal story on why they want to become a veterinarian and include a photo of them helping or enjoying time with animals. Students, with the help of their parents, can enter the contest at vetsetgo.com/about/become-a-vet-camp-contest until May 2.