Intermediate Vet Camp FAQs

FAQS for Intermediate Day Camps at UNL, IWCC


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 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.


What is the cost of the day camp?



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 30 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
  • Camp t-shirt


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 2021.  


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 to those that qualify. The scholarship application and instructions for submission can be found within the online registration process.  For more information, email


How many campers attend each session?

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


How do you select your staff?

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.


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. *Please note, this may be affected by directed heath measures/CDC guidance or venue policies*


What do participants bring to camp?

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*


How can I contact my child?

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.


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 curriculum themes in 2021 include the heart and circulatory system, digestive system, and genetics.
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.


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

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.


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. *Please note, this may be affected by directed heath measures/CDC guidance or venue policies*