Intermediate Vet Camp

Oxbow’s vet camp is designed specifically for youth interested in animal science and veterinary science. Lessons and activities are academic in nature and 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.

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 30 minute to 1 hour lessons, we allow time for social breaks, lunch and snacks.

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

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

Intermediate Vet Camp is designed for kids completing 6-8 grade in 2022.

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.

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

Between 30 and 40 campers. *Please note, this may be affected by directed heath measures/CDC guidance or venue policies*

Our instructors range from certified teachers to licensed veterinary technicians and graduate veterinary school students. These individuals are uniquely qualified to provide instruction on veterinary and animal sciences for this age range.
Instructors must pass a background check and drug test.
Instructors will go through risk-management training and they will follow strict safety guidelines.

During the classroom activities, and depending on the final number of participants, it will be around 1:15. *Please note, this may be affected by directed heath measures/CDC guidance or venue policies*

Casual, comfortable, appropriate clothing

No open-toed shoes are allowed due to safety concerns in a lab setting and on field trips. *Please note, additional requirements (i.e. masks) may also be in place based on directed heath measures/CDC guidance or venue policies*

For all urgent messages during camp hours, parents are welcome to call Oxbow’s main number at 800-249-0366 and the message will be related to the Camp Director or head instructor immediately.

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.

Campers will learn about various aspects of veterinary science throughout the weeks, including animal anatomy and physiology, veterinary skills, and animal behavior.
They will learn how to do a general check up on a few different animals.
The curriculum themes in 2022 include the musculoskeletal system, dentition, and parasites.
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 the Henry Doorly Zoo, 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 prior to the camp regarding this year’s field trip.

Due to our 3-year rotating curriculum, a high percentage of the vet camp activities are completely different from year to year. Some components (prepping and performing the mock surgery, vet skills, and the animal of the day) are consistent from year to year, but the majority of lessons change annually.

Yes. On Friday, we host a parent open house from 3-4:00 p.m. *Please note, this may be affected by directed heath measures/CDC guidance or venue policies*