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Applications Being Accepted for NC Zoo Society's Annual Summer Veterinary Camps

Posted on 03/21/18

ASHEBORO, NC­ ­— Registration is now open for the annual summer Wild Veterinary Camps conducted by the North Carolina Zoo Society.

The North Carolina Zoo Veterinary Day Camp is offered to youth in grades seven through nine. And the North Carolina Zoo Senior Veterinary Camp is offered to rising 10th-graders through rising college freshmen. All classes are led by the Zoo’s staff and veterinary counselors.

Note that campers must complete the application process before they are considered for acceptance into a camp. Once all application materials are completed, qualified applicants are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. The Zoo Society willingly works with an accepted camper’s family to establish a payment plan to cover camp tuition costs, so early applications are encouraged.


Here are brief details on each program:


Veterinary Day Camp (for grades 7-9; offered May 12 and Aug. 18): Rotating through sessions in groups of four or five, day campers learn a little about animal first aid and a lot about veterinary medicine in hands-on encounters with live animals and lifelike substitutes – the working mannequins Kalab, Felix, and Spot. The tuition cost is $299 for Zoo Society members and $329 for non-members and covers all expenses—snacks, scrub shirt, lunch, equipment, and supplies. A grade-point average of B or higher is required for consideration. Applications must be completed online at

Senior Veterinary Camp (for rising 10th-graders through rising college freshmen, offered for girls only June 15-17 and in a co-ed environment July 20-22): Learning in groups of four or five, campers participate in hands-on experiences with live animals and medical equipment inside the Zoo’s veterinary hospital, then take in outdoor, real-life veterinary experiences among our many habitats. The tuition cost is $589 for Zoo Society members and $639 for non-members and covers all expenses—lodging, snacks and meals, scrub shirt, a stethoscope and other equipment and supplies. A grade-point average of B or higher is required for consideration. Applications must be completed online at

For complete information and application forms for both camps, please visit the NC Zoo Society’s website at or call Debbie Story or Jayne Owen Parker at 336-879-7250.  


About the North Carolina Zoo

At the North Carolina Zoo, we celebrate nature. As the world’s largest natural habitat Zoo, we inspire a lifelong curiosity about animals for the hundreds of thousands of people who visit our Zoo each year. Our dedicated team of experts provides exceptional, compassionate care for the more than 1,600 animals and 52,000 plants that call our Park home. We also lead efforts locally and globally to protect wildlife and wild places because we believe nature’s diversity is critical for our collective future. The North Carolina Zoo invites all of our guests to witness the majesty of the wild in the heart of North Carolina and welcomes everyone to join in our mission to protect nature’s diversity. Visit to begin your life-changing journey.


About the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. NCDNCR’s mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.


NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the North Carolina Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call 919- 807-7300 or visit


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