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What it is like to work in a veterinary clinic or other animal care related business?  This veterinary science camp will show you! Through classroom learning, demonstration and hands-on learning opportunities you will learn basic skills and become familiar with various career opportunities related to veterinary science. 

If you are between the ages of 13-16, considering a career in the veterinary industry, and want to understand the different roles that are available as options, then this course may be for you. In this hands-on course, you will become familiar with the roles and responsibilities of:

  • Veterinary Medical Receptionists
  • Veterinary Technical Assistants
  • Animal Health Technologists
  • Veterinarians
  • Non-veterinary animal care facilities

You will learn some basics of animal care & first aid:

  • Animal Behavior, Safety, Handling & Restraint
  • General Animal Health Assessment & Physical Exams
  • Basic First Aid
  • Bandaging Techniques

If you have thought about pursuing a career related to animal health, but are not sure what options are available to you, or which options might be the best fit for you, this course will help get you the information you need in order to choose a direction. The instructor and guest speakers will give you a great idea of the role each veterinary team member plays, and you'll enjoy the hands-on time in the afternoon with our cuddly animals!

Each day you will spend some time in the classroom in the morning, then doing hands-on learning in the afternoon. One day there will be a field trip (bus transportation & lunch included) to visit and tour some state-of-the-art animal care facilities.

Course Details

Course Dates/Times

August 21 - 24, 2018

9am - 4pm daily

Delivery Method 

On Campus

Course length 

4 days 

Some offerings of the course are have a format of 4 consecutive days, other offerings the course is offered over a period of 2 weekends.




None - Just bring your enthusiasm for animals and learning about the veterinary world!


Olds Campus & Tour to Red Deer (bus transportation provided for tour)



Other fees

None - tuition includes all required materials and the field trip day (including lunch this day)

Required Text & Materials 

None, all materials are provided including a module to take home after the class

Registration Deadline

n/a - registrations accepted until class is full

Other details

If you are unable to attend this year, but interested in obtaining a seat in one of the future offerings of the class, please contact us to be put on a wait list as this class fills very quickly once new dates are announced.

Continuing Education

Frequently Asked Questions

If I am younger than 13 can I still take this course?
We're excited for you to take this course, but you will have to wait until you are 13.

Will we get an idea of what large animal veterinary teams do?
During this class the focus is on small animals (dog & cat), however we have included some demonstrations on horses so you can get a feel for that too.

If I do not live close to Olds, what are my accommodation options?
There are a variety of options for staying both on campus or in the town of Olds. To see current options, please visit our Accommodation Guide

Is food included?
The course tuition includes snacks and juice each morning, and lunch/snacks/juice on the tour day. Other than the tour day, lunch is your responsibility. You have one hour, so you can either bring your lunch, or purchase it from the cafeteria on campus.

Is this offered every year?
We cannot guarantee that, however it is very popular, and we do plan to offer it each year at least once per summer.

When do we have to register by?
This is a tough one to answer – we cap the class at 15 students to ensure safety and a great learning environment, and the class fills up quite quickly, so the sooner the better to ensure a space!

Some recent comments from students:

  • "Glad I got to work with you the past 4 days! Excited to see what comes next. (July, 2015)
  • "Amazing!!! Thank you!" (July, 2015)
  • "I wish it was longer! I really enjoyed this course. It increased my interest and I'm even more excited to pursue a career in veterinary medicine" (July, 2015)
  • "This was a big help! I learned a lot and had fun" (July, 2015)
  • "This was well put together and very fun" (July, 2015)
  • "I was very impressed with the knowledge I received from the instructor! She was very informative and has definitely left a very positive impact on myself and other students. Very educational course overall! Would definitely come back if there were a more advanced course like this" (July, 2015)


For more Information:

Continuing Education Department

Toll Free: 1-800-661-6537 

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