In June, a select group of 47 high school students arrived at The Ohio State University for Buckeye Vet Prep Academy, hosted by the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Buckeye Vet Prep Academy is a residential camp that educates interested students about the veterinary profession through a one-week summer camp that includes seminars and hands-on activities at Ohio State.
During the week, the students heard from various veterinarians, related speakers, participated in wet labs, and surgical-training labs. They also had the opportunity to observe the various services at the Veterinary Medical Center, Columbus Zoo & Aquarium and participated in team building activities at the Ohio Union.
The group of 47 students were selected from a 181 total applicants. Of those selected, 80 percent come from demographics that are under-represented in the veterinary profession. Some students traveled from close cities such as Westerville, Ohio and Dublin, while 47 percent were non-Ohio residents, hailing from states as far as Colorado, California and Puerto Rico.
April Pugh, director of Admissions, Recruitment and Special Events, developed the camp in 2013.The camp plays a big role in supporting students’ feelings toward veterinary medicine and aims to give them a career path to look forward to, as well as better prepare them for their future education.