Oxbow Junior Vet Camp - FAQs

FAQS for Junior Vet Camp


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

Oxbow’s vet camp is academic in nature and 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 a live animal each day during our “Animal of the Day” session.


What is the cost of Junior Vet Camp?



What is the daily schedule?

Camp runs from 8-4 Monday through Thursday. 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)
  • Guidance from fun, knowledgeable counselors   
  • Camp t-shirt


Does my child need to bring a lunch?

Yes.  Lunch is NOT provided by Oxbow Vet Camp, so your camper will need to bring a lunch each day.


Are the sessions at different locations different?

The sessions are the same, except the animal of the day and guest veterinarian may sometimes vary by location.
All locations do the same set of activities.  Campers at Elmwood/Murdock Elementary do the same activities as those attending the Zoo, Metropolitan Community College, or Bellevue University.


What if the session I want is not available?

You can add yourself to the waiting list for that particular session, or choose a different session.


Who can attend Junior Vet Camp?

Junior Vet Camp is designed for kids completing 2-5 grades in 2019. Sorry, 1st graders going into 2nd grade are not eligible.


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 and should plan on attending Junior this year. 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.

Please note, the 5th graders at junior vet camp will experience a different set of curriculum from the junior vet camp in the past, as well as take part in activities that are challenging and appropriate for them. They will have an opportunity to go more in depth in the activities than the younger ages.  


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 is available online within the registration process.  Email vetcamp@oxbowanimalhealth.com if you have any questions.


How many campers attend each session?

Between 48 and 60, depending on the session.


How do you select your staff?

Our counselors are generally a mix of college students with interest in education, animal science, or veterinary science.
Counselors must pass a background check and drug test.
Counselors 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 at most 1:12.


What do participants bring to camp?

Casual, comfortable appropriate clothing.
No open-toed shoes are allowed due to safety concerns. We will be active and walking, and it is safer if your child wears good shoes.


How can I contact my child?

This will go through Oxbow and the Oxbow Camp Director. This information will be put in the camp material packet you will receive once you register.


Cancellation Policy

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


What do they do at camp?

Campers will get the opportunity to ask a veterinarian questions
Campers will see a live animal each day to journal and learn about.
Campers will learn how to suture using plastic needles.
Campers will learn about the brain and nervous system, sensory system, and animal behavior.
Campers 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, & masks).


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

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