Summer 2019 Vet Camp
We love veterinary medicine and animal healthcare careers and want to share our knowledge with young people that are as passionate about animals as we are. Campers will learn about animal health and have many opportunities for hands-on experience.
Between Indian Trail Animal Hospital and Vet REC: Veterinary Rehabilitation and Exercise Clinic, we have 5 veterinarians and a wonderful support staff with a wealth of knowledge to share. Our Camp director has worked with children for many years as a nanny, storyteller, school librarian, and science instructor. She currently lives with 7 cats and 3 dogs in her home!
Vet Camps this summer will be Saturday and Sunday from 2:30 to 6:30pm and we'll have options over the course of the summer for all ages from Kindergarten to high school!
Click the heading above to learn more and register or e-mail [email protected] with questions.
This year we are offering 3 types of experiences for campers!
-Adventures in Veterinary Medicine (1/2 day and 2 day options)
-Adventures in Veterinary Medicine, Advanced (2 day option)
-Clinical Experience with Dr. Tabony (1/2 day, add on option only)
Below is a glimpse of what each camp session will include but is not limited to...
Adventures in Veterinary Medicine (1/2 day):
-Learn about and practice safe interaction with dogs and cats
-Have hands-on experience with animal guests
-Receive a behind the scenes tour of Indian Trail Animal Hospital
-Learn about parasites
-Learn about the instruments and techniques used in an animal physical exam
Adventures in Veterinary Medicine (2 day):
This camp will cover everything offered in the 1/2 day camp but will also guide campers though
-Learning about the instruments and techniques used in an animal physical exam
-Viewing bacteria and microscopic parasites using a microscope
-Spending time learning about radiology and viewing x-rays.
-Learning about dentistiry and they types of surgeries that vets perform
-Learning about and view animal physical rehabilitation methods used by guest speakers of Vet REC
Adventures in Veterinary Medicine, Advanced (2 day):
This camp is for high school age students.
During this camp, campers will spend the weekend with one of Indian Trail Animal Hospital's veterinarian, Dr. Tabony. Dr. Tabony and the campers will-Solve medical mysteries -Have in-depth discussion of medical problems and organ systems -Practice suturing -Practice administering vaccination -CPR and animal emergencies -Acupuncture demonstration and discussion -Recieve a behind-the-scenes hospital tour
Clinical Experience with Dr. Tabony (1/2 day, add on option only):
This camp is an additional experience that can be added on to certain Saturday and Sunday camps. Campers must also be registered for the camp that takes place the weekend immediately before the Clinical Expereince. The expereince takes place on Mondays.
During the Clinical Experience campers will shadow Dr. Tabony and her technicians in the treatment area and exam rooms as they care for and treat dogs and cats.
Please provide a drink for your child labeled with their name.
Snacks will be provided during the clinical experience camps and dinner will be provided during Adventures in Veterinary Medicine.
Testimonials from Kids
- It was the best camp ever.
- Vet camp is my favorite camp in the world
- Puppy and kitten playtime was the best!
- I learned so much about animals and how to care for them.
- I want to go back next year!
Testimonials from Parents
- He talked every day about what he learned. He said the vet camp shirt is his favorite shirt because of the memories it holds :-)
- My daughters loved this camp. I think it's the best camp they've ever attended and they've been to a lot of camps.
- My daughter learned a lot and was excited to go back each day. She has said she wanted to be a veterinarian from the time she was 3. Attending this camp just reinforced to her that goal.
- It was awesome!
Our Vet Camp Team
Teresa - Camp Director
Teresa is originally from Upstate New York, and moved with her family to North Carolina in 1997. She has 2 grown sons, Evan and Alex, and is married to her husband of 32 years, Frank. She has worked with children for many years as a nanny, storyteller, school librarian, and science instructor. She currently lives with 7 cats and 3 dogs in her home. Over the years, she has worked with animals as a pet sitter, and birthday party presenter and animal handler at the Charlotte Nature Museum. She is looking forward to being a part of this summer's vet camp!
Melissa - Registration Support and Clinical Experience Assistant
Melissa has been a member of the Indian Trail Animal Hospital team for 6 years and most recently graduated from Wingate University May 2018. Melissa graduated with a bachelor's degree in educational studies with a focus in animal integrated education. Vet Camp has been an amazing way for Melissa to share her love and knowledge of veterinary medicine with the younger members of our community. Photographed with Melissa are her two dogs, Maggie and Sadie.
Dr. Tabony - Program Development and Presenter
Dr. Tabony started the Indian Trail Animal Hospital Vet Camp in 2014 out of a passion for kids, animals, and lifelong learning. She learns something from the kids' questions every year and is thrilled to hear the feedback from kids and parents about how camp has impacted them over the years. This year, Dr. Tabony will be hosting the two day 6th to 8th grade camps, the high school camp, all of the Monday clinical experiences and will be available for questions for other campers throughout the summer. Dr. Tabony is looking forward to another great summer of Vet Camp fun!