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Discussion Forum: Summer Programs for Kids

Do any of your schools or colleges offer summer educational opportunities for elementary, middle school or high school students? If you don’t offer this kind of a program, why not?

  • For what ages?
  • How many days? How long per day?
  • Do they stay overnight or do parents drop-off and pick up each day?
  • What is your demographic? High achieving, lower-income, non-traditional students, a mix of each?
  • How are they selected?
  • How do you promote the opportunity?
  • Who manages the program?
  • How are faculty, DVM students, and staff used for this program?
  • What is your cost to participating students?
  • Do you have sponsors for the program besides the College?

Please add your comments and input in the comment section below as a resource for other programs.


3 Comments

  1. I think it is easiest to just provide you the link for our program. 🙂 https://vet.osu.edu/future-students/visit/buckeye-vet-prep-academy

  2. Sara Smith says:

    Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine is going into our 7th year of running the Summer Veterinary Experience. The link below is to our site for more information than what I am about to provide below.
    https://vetmed.oregonstate.edu/osu-summer-veterinary-experience
    For what ages? Students going into their junior and senior years in high school. We currently accept 24 students.
    How many days? How long per day? Students arrive Sunday afternoon and leave Friday afternoon.
    Do they stay overnight or do parents drop-off and pick up each day? Students are dropped off Sunday afternoon and we have a welcome dinner. After that, the students stay on campus for the week. We want to give them a real college experience in the dorms, walking everywhere, dining halls! Friday, families come back for lunch and students put on presentations of what work they have done in the labs.
    What is your demographic? High achieving, lower-income, non-traditional students, a mix of each? This program is for students who are interested in doing science and/or animal science and are academically talented. However, with the support of the college and sponsorships we are able to offer 8-14 scholarships to students who come from low income families, underrepresented backgrounds and first generation students. It is a goal of our Dean to make this camp possible for all.
    How are they selected? All students apply for the program with a questionnaire as well as provide academic references.
    How do you promote the opportunity? On our website, Facebook, word of mouth and google searches.
    Who manages the program? Myself (event coordinator and alumni relations) and our Admissions Coordinator set up the behind the scenes work and our students do the hands on work with the HS students.
    How are faculty, DVM students, and staff used for this program? We recruit our 1-3rd year students are our mentors and chaperones. They plan all of the activities for the students. We also get 9-12 faculty members to be with the students for 2 hours a day. The students have the opportunity to see what doing research work is like, working in a lab and on a team.
    What is your cost to participating students? $750- covers food, dorm, and evening activities
    Do you have sponsors for the program besides the College? Yes, this year is the first year we have received a sponsorship.

    We have a lot of fun with our camp. And our students (vet students and HS students) walk away with great memories and a one of a kind experience. I am happy to talk to others about this camp if you would like to email me!

  3. Ginger Guttner says:

    In the past LSU offered Pets & Vets, which provided two hours twice a week of veterinary medicine education geared for children 6 and up. We found that it’s not very efficient and is difficult for working parents to have their children attend. We’re considering offering an all-day, 5-day camp but would like advice and input. Thanks!

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