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Veterinary and Wild Animal Science Camps

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Zoo Society has canceled the May Junior Veterinary Camp and the June Senior Veterinary Camp.
Applications are being accepted now for the August Junior Veterinary Camp and for the September Wild Animal Camps.
We are hopeful that we will be able to offer these camps but will only do so if we can provide these experiences safely. If we have to cancel a camp, we provide a full refund or work with families to reschedule their campers in a later camp. 
We promise to do all that we can to help slow the spread of this virus so that our community will have the resources it needs to provide medical care for everyone who needs it. 

2020 Veterinary Science Camps

These action-packed camps offer training in basic veterinarian procedures—physical exams, CPR, and such—and explore specialized techniques for treating wild zoo animals. Campers handle specialized equipment—dart guns, radio-tracking equipment, etc.—and senior level campers go behind the scenes twice and into the park after hours once to see how veterinarians and animal care staff work together to keep zoo animals healthy. Ours is the only camp in the world to offer these opportunities.

All sessions are taught by the Zoo's own veterinary division staff with assistance from top-level students enrolled at the North Carolina State University Veterinary School.

Learn about Junior Vet Camps (for rising 7th to 9th graders) and about Senior Vet Camps (for rising 10th graders to college freshmen)

2020 Wild Animal Science Camps

The North Carolina Zoo's Wild Animal Research Camp acquaints campers with some of the techniques that researchers use to study animals in the wild. These techniques include reading scat and other signs and using camera traps, and for the overnight campers, employing night vision equipment.

Learn about Junior Wild Animal Science Camps (for rising 6th to 9th graders) and about Senior Wild Animal Science Camps (for rising 9th graders to college freshmen)