National Kids & Pets Day: Know an Aspiring Veterinarian? The Vet Camp Scholarship Contest -Dr. Chris Carpenter DVM

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I was 11 years old when I told my mother that I wanted to become a veterinarian.   That doesn’t make me unique.   The majority of veterinarians practicing today made their career choice before they were 13 years of age.  Veterinary medicine is a calling that starts early in life.

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The challenge is that it is hard to explore your dream at such an early age.  

You want animal experience but so few organizations will let you volunteer until you are older.   You also yearn to see what an animal doctor does but many hospitals have policies that only allow older teens to shadow the veterinarian.   In time, you discover that there are a lot of age barriers to exploring your dream of becoming a veterinarian.  That is why I created Vet Set Go.

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Vet Set Go  is the first and only community dedicated to teen and tween aspiring veterinarians.  Our goal is simple, ENCOURAGE today’s future veterinarians to explore their dream and show them HOW the can do it today.   We provide lots of ideas and one of my favorites is veterinary camps.  

Veterinary camps didn’t exist when I was a future veterinarian. 

They are amazing programs that a small number of veterinary schools in North America provide for younger students.  While they vary slightly from school to school, campers typically spend 5 days exploring veterinary medicine and getting hands on experience with animals.  In fact, campers often do things that I didn’t do until I was in veterinary school – like gowning and gloving for surgery.   They are truly a future vet’s heaven.

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That is why we are so excited to be offering three scholarships for future veterinarians to attend this summer’s Auburn University’s Junior VET Camp .  All aspiring veterinarians need to do is share their story and send us a photo   The contest runs through May 4th, 2017.

Surveys have shown us that “veterinarian” is the number one career choice of tweens.  

So chances are good you know a future veterinarian or have one in your family.   Help them explore their dream today.  Share the Vet Set Go website and contest page  with the future veterinarian in your life.


  1. Pipo/Minko/MrJackFreckles says:

    That would have been a pawsome thing for my boys, had they been way younger. Now they are all grown up…but not vets, BOL!

    Sure hope that lots of teens/tweens get to see firsthand how it is to work as a vet…so that their desires are even stronger to get to that goal.

  2. I mastered the cow-challenge and I was the “assistant” of our old vet as I was a child… till I saw that a vet sometimes has to make hard decisions… and that was it for me… my own stuffie clinic in the backyard closed its doors forever.
    But I cross my paws that this dream comes true for all who want to help our furfriends….
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  3. Kismet says:

    Some of the kids might get turned off. That would be a good thing because they probably would have made a lousy vet.
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  4. That’s awesome, it would be great if they had these kinds of programs for ALL careers. Wouldn’t it be great if children could actually get a feel for what was out there?
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  5. This is such a great idea. I knew a young man long ago that I’m betting is a vet today. He had a really passion and this would help further that passion in young folks.

    Have a woof woof day, Dakota. My best to your wonderful mom. ♥♥♥
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  6. My niece got referred to a science camp for gifted students run by colleges and she went from middle school to her second year in college. It made a huge difference in shaping her college goals towards vet school. I do think these programs are greatly valuable in helping kids explore career options. It can help them see what they like and don’t like.

  7. This is a wonderful idea!
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel
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  8. I love this idea. I wish that I could still attend…is there an age limit?? LOL!
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  9. That is absoDOODLEtutely incredible. Love this post. What an opportunity.

  10. This is so great! Thanks for spreading the word Cody! What a wonderful way to encourage the great vets of our future!
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  11. We simply loved this blog!! Just a great idea for kids!! Mom would have loved something like this when she was growing up. Thanks for sharing this one!

  12. LP says:

    We think this is a wonderful way for kids to see what is involved in becoming a vet and how you can go from the idea of becoming a vet to the reality. Our Mama says it would be wonderful if this concept existed for other career choices as well! When she was a kid , way back in the dark ages, it was really difficult to conceptualize career possibilities . . .especially for girls!

    the critters in the cottage xo

  13. Love all the smiles! Thanks for sharing the excitement of Vet Set Go!

  14. What a great opportunity

  15. This is the coolest thing ever! Bravo for promoting it. I’ve shared it with future vets on Twitter and Facebook. Gold star for you. ⭐️
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  16. Wow this is really cool!! My humom wishes there was something like this when she was growing up!

  17. Rachel says:

    This is so cool! Vet Set Go sounds wonderful and vet camp like an awesome experience for aspiring vets!

  18. Will says:

    This is an awesome idea – will definitely pass along contest info to friends/family.
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  19. Astro says:

    OMD this is so special and a great opportunity for teens.
    I need to go back and see if we can donate to the cause.
    xo Astro
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