Become A Vet: Camp Contest 2018 Helps Aspiring Teens and Tweens Explore Their Veterinary Passion


(Post sponsored by Royal Canin)

Contest Runs April 2 – May 4, 2018

Over the past 18 years, Goodnewsforpets has interviewed dozens of veterinarians on how they got their start in veterinary medicine. Invariably, the majority knew they wanted to be a veterinarian at a very young age. Like Dr. Chris Carpenter, Founder and President of Vet Set Go who says, “The love of animals is often where the early passion is ignited for veterinarians. Our field is expected to grow in the coming years, and this time in adolescents’ lives is critical to nurture and support these dreams and give a glimpse of what the future can hold.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of veterinarians is projected to grow 19 percent from 2016 to 2026, which is much faster than the average for all occupations1.

To help continue this positive trend through education, Royal Canin, a global leader in pet health nutrition, and Vet Set Go, the first and only community dedicated to aspiring teen and tween veterinarians, are continuing their partnership with the launch of the 2018 “Become a Veterinarian Camp Contest.”

Students at Auburn University's Vet Camp Examining A Dog

Students at Auburn University’s Vet Camp Examining A Dog

To enter, students can share their personal story on why they want to become a veterinarian and include a photo of them helping or enjoying time with animals. Students, with the help of their parents, can enter the contest at between April 2 ̶ May 4, 2018.

According to Carpenter, “We couldn’t do this without the support of Royal Canin and are grateful for the partnership.”

The 2018 “Become a Veterinarian Camp Contest” offers students entering sixth through eighth grade the chance to win one of three coveted spots at Auburn University’s Junior Vet Camp from July 15-20, 2018. The prize package includes free tuition, meals and housing.

The three grand prize winners will be chosen to attend the camp to learn about veterinary medicine first-hand in classrooms, laboratories and outdoor facilities. These dedicated students will learn about public health, food, animals, wildlife, anatomy, x-rays, and first aid, as well as gain valuable mentoring about veterinary science careers while on the campus in Auburn, Ala.

According to Dr. Brent Mayabb, Royal Canin’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Royal Canin believes veterinarians are at the core of making a better world for pets, and Royal Canin recognize the importance of encouraging future veterinarians across the country to pursue their dreams. He said,

“For aspiring veterinarians, it can be difficult to find opportunities where they can get experience working with animals at a young age. This contest is designed to help overcome this challenge and give students access to the world of veterinary medicine.”

Students Studying Slides at Auburn University's Vet Camp

Students Studying Slides at Auburn University’s Vet Camp

Goodnewsforpets says Bravo Royal Canin, and Good Luck to the Students – Potential Future Veterinarians We May Interview Some Day!






1 Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics



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