A day exploring what it’s like to be a Zoo Veterinarian. Day campers slip into surgical scrub shirts and clip-on ID badges to grab an insider’s view of life inside a major zoo’s veterinary clinic. Camp dates are May 14 and August 20.
Rotating through sessions taught by Zoo veterinary staff, campers gather into groups of 4 or 5 to learn a little animal first aid and a lot about veterinary medicine in hands-on encounters with live animals and lifelike substitutes—working working mannequins Kalab, Felix & Spot.
Campers use their own stethoscopes to listen to heartbeats and complete lessons that show them how to bandage dogs’ limbs and and master the basics of reading X Rays, using an endoscope, peering through a microscope and monitoring heart and respiration rates.
The camp offers a challenging, but friendly, fun-packed and supportive environment where campers learn by doing and by talking with Zoo veterinary staff and counselors. Campers have plenty of time to talk to counselors, too,—all top students at N.C. State Veterinary School—about what school is like and what it takes to get accepted.
The Zoo's Junior Wild Veterinary Camp is suitable for rising 7th - 9th graders. Visit the NC Zoo Society's Web page at nczoo.com to learn more.
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