Shelter Vet Camp

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Are you interested in becoming a veterinarian one day? You’re in the right place! AHS Shelter Vet Camp is designed to immerse students in the world of shelter medicine.

We are offering our traditional in-person camp and NEW this year, Virtual Shelter Vet Camp! Three fun and exciting camps for kids in grades 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8. Upon completion of the program, each participant will receive a certificate to commemorate their experience.

Shelter Vet Camp is hosted in Golden Valley and virtually via Zoom. 

  • In-person Shelter Vet Camp runs from 9 AM - 12 PM and costs $65. 
    In order to comply with current CDC guidelines, in-person Shelter Vet Camps will have no more than 8 participants. Prior to registering, please review our updated Humane Education program policies related to COVID-19.
  • Virtual Shelter Vet Camp runs 1-4 PM and costs $45 and includes all supplies mailed to your home.
    Please note, registration will close 8 days prior to camp to allow for shipping time. 

Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in Minnesota, we are only offering virtual Shelter Vet Camp December 2020 and January 2021. 

Learn more about Virtual Shelter Vet Camp

At our new Virtual Shelter Vet Camp, students will learn all about shelter medicine and veterinary practice at the Animal Humane Society. Each camp will involve hands-on practice, role play scenarios, group work and more. We will mail each camper a kit with all the supplies needed for this fun and educational camp! 

Campers in 3-4 grade sessions will:

  • Learn the different components within blood and create their own blood model 
  • Identify common veterinary tools and practice their diagnostic skills 
  • Perform pretend surgery and write up a treatment plan for their sick animal

Campers in 5-6 grade sessions will:

  • Learn the roles of vets and vet techs and what it takes to work in the veterinary field
  • First observe and then participate in an animal wellness exam
  • Practice preparing, measuring and distributing pseudo-medications for shelter animals

Campers in 7-8 grade sessions will:

  • Learn about viruses, bacteria and parasite and how they effect our pets
  • Observe a real surgery at AHS
  • Practice suturing with real tools on a skin model, all included in your kit! 
3-4 Grade sessions
  • Saturday, January 9, 2021 - Virtual only
  • Saturday, February 13, 2021 - Virtual only
  • Saturday, March 6, 2021
  • Saturday, March 27, 2021
  • Saturday, April 17, 2021
  • Saturday, May 22, 2021
5-6 Grade sessions
  • Saturday, December 5, 2020 - Virtual only
  • Saturday, January 16, 2021 - Virtual only
  • Saturday, March 13, 2021
  • Saturday, April 3, 2021
  • Friday, April 24, 2020
  • Saturday, May 15, 2021


7-8 Grade sessions
  • Saturday, January 23, 2021 - Virtual only
  • Saturday, February 27, 2021 - Virtual only
  • Saturday, March 20, 2021
  • Saturday, April 10, 2021
  • Saturday, May 8, 2021

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