Intermediate Vet Camp

What is the difference between Oxbow Intermediate Vet Camp and other animal-focused camps?

Oxbow’s vet camp is designed specifically for youth interested in animal science and veterinary science.  Lessons and activities are focused on science-based principles and skills that veterinarians use every day to treat and diagnose their animal patients.  Campers will also get to meet and learn about a live animal each day during our “Animal of the Day” session.

What is the cost of the day camp?

$250 

What is the daily schedule?

  • Camp runs from 8-4 Monday through Friday. Check in starts at 7:45 a.m.
  • The daily activities are classroom based, and in between the 50 minute to 1 hour lessons, we allow time for social breaks, lunch and snacks.

What does the cost of camp include?

  • 2 snacks a day
  • Camp materials (scrubs, stethoscopes, tools, and classroom activity supplies)

Does my child need to bring a lunch?

Yes, lunch is not provided by Oxbow Vet Camp and should be sent with your camper each day.  

Who can attend Intermediate Vet Camp?

Intermediate Vet Camp is designed for kids completing 6-8 grade in 2017.  Yes, children who will be freshman for the 2016-2017 school year can attend.

What if my child is in 5th grade and wants to attend Intermediate Vet Camp? 

Because of the content and the curriculum of the camp, 5th graders will have to wait until they are a year older to attend Intermediate Camp. The intermediate curriculum is appropriate for those completing 6-8th grade; their ability to do the activities in the Intermediate camp relies on the competencies and experiences they have at that level. 

Is financial assistance available?

Yes, we offer a limited number of partial scholarships to assist with camp fees. Scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The scholarship application and instructions for submission can be found within the online registration process.  For more information, email vetcamp@oxbowanimalhealth.com.

How many campers attend each session?

Between 30 and 40 campers.

How do you select your staff?

  • Our instructors will either be certified teachers, graduate veterinary school students, or faculty at local schools like IWCC.
  • Instructors must pass a background check and drug test.
  • Instructors will go through risk-management training and they will follow strict safety guidelines.

What is your staff to camper ratio?

During the classroom activities, and depending on the final number of participants, it will be around 1:15.

What do participants bring to camp?

  • Casual, comfortable, appropriate clothing
  • Lunch
  • No open-toed shoes are allowed due to safety concerns in a lab setting and on field trips.

How can I contact my child?

  • You can contact them through Oxbow and the Oxbow Camp Director. This information will be put in the camp material packet you will receive once you register. 
  • During their snack and lunch breaks, campers will be allowed to access their cell phones.

Cancellation Policy

Refunds are available until 2 weeks prior to Day 1 of the session. After that, registration fees are non-refundable. Oxbow will make every attempt to add the camper to a different session.

What do they do at camp?

  • Campers will learn about various aspects of veterinary science throughout the weeks, including animal anatomy and physiology, nutrition, and behavior.
  • They will learn how to do a general check up on a few different animals.
  • The theme of this summer is the heart and circulatory system, genetics, and nutrition.
  • The campers will perform a mock surgery including prepping for surgery, suturing, proper
  • surgery room protocol and how a surgeon dresses for surgery (scrubs, gloves, head covers, shoe
  • covers, and masks).
  • Professionals from various animal-related careers, like animal medicine, research and development, the pet food industry, veterinarians, or vet techs, will also present, lead activities, and answer their questions.
  • Campers will go on a field trip.  Locations in the past have included UNL Mead Research Center, Prairieland Dairy, the Henry Doorly Zoo, Raptor Recovery, the Omaha and Lincoln Humane Societies, private veterinary clinics, and the Lincoln Children’s Zoo. Once you are registered, you will get an email with more information a month before camp starts regarding this year’s field trip.

Is this year’s camp different from last year’s camp?

Yes, a high percentage of the vet camp activities are completely different from year to year. Some components (prepping and performing the mock surgery and the animal of the day) are consistent from year to year, but the majority of lessons change annually.

Will I get to see what my participant learned during camp?

Yes. On Friday, we host a parent open house from 3-4:00 p.m.