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Buckeye Vet Camp

The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine is offering a summer residential camp for current freshmen, sophomores and juniors. This is a six day residential camp that give participants an opportunity to learn more about veterinary school and the profession. The program takes place in a university environment and includes both social and educational activities. 

During Buckeye Vet Prep Camp attendees will:

  • Work side by side with current veterinary students as counselors and explore the world of veterinary medicine.
  • Take a behind the scenes tour of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.
  • Learn about the diverse career options in veterinary medicine.
  • Practice bandaging and suturing, learn how to read x-rays, give a clinical exam to a dog and participate in a variety of labs and seminars.

All students will be considered, but priority will be given to students who are considered traditionally underrepresented in veterinary medicine, which can include males and individuals from socioeconomic and or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. We accept both in state and out of state students.  

Program Eligibility:

To be eligible for the program, students must:

  1. be able to attend the whole week of the program, and stay in the residence dormitories at The Ohio State University;
  2. have an interest in exploring veterinary medicine or another health-related career;
  3. be a current freshmen, sophomore or junior; (time of application)

Acceptance to the camp is very competitive.  We typically receive over 200 applications and we accept approximately forty students.  If you are not accepted, we strongly encourage you to apply again next year. 

Application Information:

  • Online application (below)
  • One Recommendation Form (only one form per student is needed)
  • Essay (submit through the online application)
  • Resume (sample below)
  • Official High School Transcript

The cost of attending the program is $650 and covers lodging, meals, instruction and social activities. 


Scholarships or financial assistance are available to those students with demonstrated need.  

Financial aid assistance form can be found at:

Your acceptance to the camp is not confirmed until you receive a confirmation email from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Refund policy

If you have been accepted into camp, but cannot attend, all cancellations must be submitted in writing. The individual who made the original payment will receive:

  • A full refund, less an administrative fee of $50, if cancellation is received in writing by 5 p.m. EST on Friday, April 27, 2018.
  • A refund of 50%, if the cancellation request is received in writing by 5 p.m. EST on Friday, May 4, 2018.
  • No refund for a "No Show" or for a cancellation request received less than 3 weeks prior to the start date of the program.


Camp will take place:  Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 5:00 pm (check-in) – Friday, June 29, 2018 at 10 am (check-out)

Application opens

Monday, September 11, 2017 at 5:00 pm (EST) 

Deadline to submit 

January 15 at 5:00 pm (EST)  - Application is closed and we are unable to accept additional applications.  We hope you will apply next year. 

Email Notification - decisions

Week of Monday, March 5, 2018 

*due to holiday and admissions process.

Payment due

Monday, April 16, 2018 at 5:00 pm (EST)

Please submit all materials, fee and payments to the following address:

Attn:  April Pugh
Buckeye Vet Prep Camp
The Ohio State University
College of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Medicine Academic Building
1900 Coffey Road
Columbus, Ohio 43210

(614) 292-6989 Fax 

Please email your questions to the above address and we will respond as soon as we can.

We will accept materials via fax or email.  We encourage students to apply early.  

  • If you are missing application materials, we will contact you and give you plenty of time to get the missing materials to us to cut down calls to our office.  
  • If we have your application on file, we will work with you to make sure your file is complete and your application is reviewed by the committee. 

As we are processing application for vet camp, we ask for your patience and understanding.  Please keep in mind this is a busy time for our office as we are process applications for veterinary school as well.  We will respond to email and return phones call as soon as we can.  Please email with any questions you may have about the camp.

Sample schedule - click for last year's schedule (subject to change each year)

Submit on-line application below.  Note:  You must submit resume and essay question with on-line application.


Why do you want to attend Buckeye Vet Camp? What do you hope to learn and experience during the camp? (500 word maximum).

Resume (click for sample resume)

Please including the following (if applicable):  Name, address, email, telephone number, education (name of high school) work experience (include veterinary or animal experience), community service, extracurricular activities/academic clubs, awards, interests & hobbies. 

High School Transcripts 

If you do not have an official transcript, that is fine. If you are accepted, we will ask you to provide us a transcript at that time.  

The transcript does not have to be sent directly from the high school.  If are accepted and we have questions, we will request that you send an official transcript from the school.

Please fax, mail or email your most recent high school transcript. 

Please send to:   

Attn:  April Pugh
Buckeye Vet Prep Camp
The Ohio State University
College of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Medicine Academic Building
1900 Coffey Road
Columbus, Ohio 43210 or 

Email to

Due to the volume of calls and emails that we receive, we ask for your patience.  This is also a busy time for our office due to admissions.   If we are missing anything, we will contact you and also give you the appropriate amount of time to get the missing materials to us.  As long as your application is received by the deadline, we will consider you.  Thank you for your understanding.

Recommendation Form 

Only ONE recommendation form needs to be completed.  The recommendation form can be completed at:

The recommendation form can be completed by a teacher, guidance counselor, school administrator or an employers; no relatives.  We do not recommend close family friends completing recommendation forms for students.

Please send the link below to your recommender: 

Deadline to submit is January 15, 2018


    Tips for completing application.

    1. Read carefully.  Follow all directions.  Complete all forms in their entirety.  
    2. Submit application by the deadline.
    3. Please only submit ONE application.  If you do not receive confirmation immediately after submitting application, please email
    4. Please do not skip any question or leave any field blank.  If the question does not apply to please put N/A or select "no."

    Note:  Your completion of this application does not guarantee a position in our camp.