Future Vet Kids Camp will be open kids Australia-wide this winter school holidays, through the popular veterinary-inspired program’s virtual experience.

Registrations are open now, and scholarships are also available to both the virtual and in-person camps.

Face-to-face camp is valued at $595 and Virtual Online Vet Camp is valued at $240 and the deadline for scholarship applications is this Friday.

Having started in Sydney around 12 years ago, the five-day program is designed and run by veterinarians and led by vet twin sisters Drs Audrey and Alison Shen from the Bondi Vet TV show and Aussie Mobile Vet.

The program caters to kids aged nine to 16 years and encourages responsible pet ownership, the profession of veterinary medicine and a love and appreciation of all animals and their habitats.

The Virtual Online Vet Camp (26 June – 8 July) will run concurrently to the in-person camp in Brisbane, Queensland (27 June – 1 July and 4-8 July). It will open the experience up to aspiring young vets right around the country and even globally and give them the ability to participate with questions in real time.

The twin vets say that the camp showcases all the opportunities available as vets as well as other professions in the animal industry.

“The course walks the campers through virtual tours of veterinary hospitals, specialist centres, zoos and reptile parks, as well as interviews with some of the most exciting animal professionals who have dedicated their career to animals,” says Dr Audrey.

“Campers will learn about genetic diseases, pet nutrition, dog behaviour and enrichment, exotic animals, surgery, animal rescue, wildlife conservation and much more,” says Dr Alison.

Thirteen-year-old aspiring vet, Aydin van Staden, didn’t let the eight hours time difference in South Africa stop her from joining Future Vet Kids Camp’s Virtual Online Vet Camp in January.  

“My entire sleep schedule changed during the camp as I went to bed earlier and woke up earlier, but I enjoyed the experience. I learned so much and still have a full book of notes,” she said.  

“I particularly enjoyed baking dog biscuits and learning about the breeds and behaviours. In fact, I used the knowledge I gained from camp to help some of my friends decide which dogs would better suit them. I also taught my friends the importance of neutering their animals and what it involves in caring for a dog with certain diseases, including the growing vet bills over time.”

More information can be found on the Future Vet Kids Camp website.

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