Veterinary Science Camp
Veterinary Science Camp
July 10 – 15, 2016
(includes lodging, meals, lab materials, and transportation during stay)
Coed ages 12-16
Gould Academy’s Farm and Forest Program partners with teaching veterinarians from the Bethel Animal Hospital and Kind Animal Care of Norway, Maine to offer a high-energy, challenging, educational experience with a strong focus on hands-on learning.
Gould Academy’s Veterinary Science Camp is a wonderful opportunity for students interested in medicine, science, and animals.
Check out the slideshow of one of our Vet Science Weekends to get a sense of what you’ll do.
During the Summer Veterinary Science Camp students will:
- safely handle a variety of large and small animals for assessment
- use laboratory tools unique to practicing medicine
- administer medications and vaccinations
- draw and analyze blood
- perform mock surgery maintaining sterile conditions
- examine critical organs with the goal of deeper understanding of function
- identify normal and abnormal cells
- and engage in conversations about ethics as it relates to veterinary medicine
Gould’s on-campus farm is home to draft horses, sheep, poultry, and rabbits, while the McLaughlin Science Center provides cutting-edge laboratory classrooms and equipment. The Bethel Animal Hospital, a modern small animal hospital, is less than two miles from campus.
Past Veterinary Science Immersion Weekend Teaching Veterinarians have included:
Dr. Robin Gorrell – Bethel Animal Hospital
Dr. Don McLean – Kind Animal Care
Ms. Wilkerson has taught at Gould since 2002. Prior to Gould, she led wilderness expeditions for adolescents and adults with Outward Bound in Maine, Canada, and Minnesota. She also traveled extensively throughout the Spanish speaking world, teaching Spanish to high school and middle school students. In addition to teaching Spanish at Gould, Ms. Wilkerson can often be found at school barn where she directs Gould’s Farm and Forest Program and directs the school’s Veterinary Science Summer Camp. A lifelong animal lover and a committed equestrian, she has a passion for teaching traditional skills and including the use of draft horses and forestry management. Ms. Wilkerson serves as Gould’s Environmental Sustainability Coordinator and mentors the student club, Gould Goes Green. Ms. Wilkerson and her husband, Mr. Pete Hedden, Dean of Community Life, and their two children live in the home they built just off campus.