Veterinary Science Camp

Work hands-on with animals at our barn during Veterinary Science Camp
Work hands-on with animals at our barn during Veterinary Science Camp

Get Hands-On Experience at Veterinary Science Camp

Please note that all residential camps have been canceled for 2020. Some may be offered as August day camps. Please contact Casey Morey if you would like to be notified about August camps.

Week 1: July 5 – 9, 2020 (Ages 12-15)
Week 2: July 12 – 16, 2020 (Ages 15-17)
Cost: $1,300

*Includes lodging, meals, lab materials, and transportation during stay.

Apply for Week 1
Apply for Week 2

For Veterinary Science Camp, Gould partners with teaching veterinarians to offer a high-energy, challenging, educational experience with a strong focus on hands-on learning. Veterinary Science Camp is a wonderful opportunity for students interested in medicine, science, and animals.

Working in our science labs with dogs during Veterinary Science camp
Provide genuine care for animals

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 a deeper understanding of the function
  • identify normal and abnormal cells
  • engage in conversations about ethics as it relates to veterinary medicine
Scrub up at the Bethel Animal Hospital for Mock Surgery

Gould’s on-campus farm is home to horses, cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry, and rabbits. McLaughlin Science Center (MSC) provides cutting-edge laboratory classrooms and equipment and the Bethel Animal Hospital, a modern small animal hospital, is less than two miles from campus.

Sample Daily Veterinary Science Camp Schedule

6:30 amBarn Chores
7:30 amBreakfast
8:00 – 9:10 amLarge Animal Assessment (Gould’s Barn)
9:15 – 10:25 amIntro to Surgical Dissection (MSC)
10:30 – 11:40 amFarrier Science (Horse Shed, Gould’s Barn)
12:00 pmLunch
1:00 – 4:00 pmField Trips – Farm Visits:
• Guard Dogs
• Dairy Goats
• Horse Breeding
• Food Production
5:00 pmBarn Chores
5:30 pmDinner
6:00 pmMock Surgery and Intro to Lab Equipment (Bethel Animal Hospital)
9:30 pmIn Dorms / Lights Out
Fast friends are made at Veterinary Science Camp

Love Working with Animals?

Apply for Week 1 of Veterinary Science Camp
Apply for Week 2 of Veterinary Science Camp

Camp Facilitator

Tracey Wilkerson

Spanish Teacher
B.A. Middlebury College
Director of Farm and Forest Program
Spring Outing Club


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.