Build on science skills and have a blast at the Michigan 4-H Animal and Veterinary Science Camp!

Youth ages 13-16 should consider applying to attend the 2016 camp. Don’t delay, the deadline to apply is April 1!

With the snowfalls hopefully over, we are all thinking about spring. Think a little further ahead and summer programming is right around the corner. If you are interested in animals and veterinary medicine, Michigan 4-H has the perfect camp for you. Youth ages 13-16, as of January 1, 2016, are invited to apply to attend the 2016 Michigan 4-H Animal and Veterinary Science Camp.

The camp is a five day pre-college program held on the campus of Michigan State University (MSU) for youth interested in exploring animal and veterinary science related projects and activities. The third annual camp is in partnership and sponsored by the MSU Department of Animal Science, MSU College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University Extension, and Michigan Milk Producers Association.

Youth will explore career fields relating to animal and veterinary medicine as well as participate in numerous hands-on learning activities. In addition, participants will gain animal handling experience while also having the opportunity to visit and explore MSU farms and facilities. Throughout the week, youth will work their way through a veterinary science case study as a team, create a presentation of their findings, and on the final day of camp, present the information to critiquing veterinarians. This is a fun and interactive camp that allows youth to participate in hands-on activities, ask questions and problem-solve. Additionally, this camp will help youth explore various animal-related career fields while also reflecting on their experiences and community programs.

''What are former campers saying about their experience?

Overall, participants learned about animal and veterinary science careers, gained practical knowledge in the field of animal management and had a “Spartans Will” experience. A Kent County youth stated, “This pre-college program has broadened my view of veterinary science -how it affects and is connected to so many other fields of science (ex. agricultural production, ethics/law, environmental conservation, etc.). I also feel like I know more about how vets work and what is expected for me to get into veterinary medicine/college.” A Washtenaw County participant echoed this by stating, “This camp taught me that a veterinarian isn’t the only career option that involves animals.”

What is the plan for the third annual camp?

We are growing the camp! With overwhelming interest the past two years, the camp will grow to accept up to sixty youth in 2016. Preparation is well underway and MSU staff and students are looking forward to welcoming the larger group to campus. The camp will begin with check-in on Monday, June 27, and will end on Friday, July 1. The camp will take place both on and off campus, with visits to MSU farms and facilities including the Sheep Teaching and Research Center and Dairy Teaching and Research Center, Potter Park Zoo and much more! Once campers are selected, they will receive a more detailed schedule and additional updates until they arrive for the camp.

How do I apply?

Youth ages 13 to 16 (as of January 1, 2016) will need to complete the 2016 Michigan 4-H Animal and Veterinary Science Camp Application Packet and submit it by April 1. Space is limited! Campers will be selected on the basis of their applications and will be notified by April 22, 2016.

The applications will be evaluated on the applicants’ responses to the four questions at the end of the packet. Those four questions include:

  1. Why do you want to attend the Michigan 4-H Animal and Veterinary Science Camp?
  2. What previous experiences do you have in animal and veterinary science related activities? (no experience needed)
  3. What do you hope to gain from your experiences at camp?
  4. After attending the camp, how do you plan to use what you have learned to help others, your school and your community?

New to 2016, applicants can also choose to submit an optional cover letter that will also be reviewed by the selection committee. No other items except the answer responses and optional cover letter will be reviewed.

How can I submit my application?

Applications must be received by April 1 at 5 p.m. There are only two options for submitting your application: mail or fax. Mailed applications should be sent to:           

Julie Thelen
4-H Animal and Veterinary Science Camp
474 South Shaw Lane, Anthony Hall 1287 G
East Lansing, MI 48824

The other option is faxing your applications. Applications can be faxed to (517) 355-6748 and should be sent between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST. Applications emailed in will not be accepted!

If selected to attend the camp, what is the cost?

The cost to attend this five-day camp is $350 and includes all meals, field trip transportation, lodging and materials once campers arrive at MSU. For those traveling from farther distances, early arrival or late departure can be arranged with camp staff. Campers will be notified of payment options once selected for the camp.


For more information about the camp, visit the camp website or contact Julie Thelen, MSU Extension educator in livestock and veterinary science, at or (517) 432-1626. Don’t delay – applications for the 2016 camp are due April 1 by 5 p.m.

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