Vet Set Go and VCA launch “Become a Veterinarian Camp Contest 2023”


Contest will give over 40 rising middle school students the chance to win a spot at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine Junior Vet Camp



Vet Set Go, with support from VCA Animal Hospitals, announced the launch of its seventh annual Become a Veterinarian Camp Contest 2023. This contest will provide 45 scholarships to rising sixth, seventh, and eighth-grade students to attend the Auburn University Junior Vet Camp.

“Vet Set Go is proud to offer young aspiring veterinarians an even greater opportunity this year to access the in-person, hands-on veterinary experience they are craving,” shared Chris Carpenter, DVM, founder and president of Vet Set Go, in an organizational release.1 “We know what it’s like to have a future veterinarian in your home and are honored to provide this once-in-a-lifetime scholarship opportunity for 45 teens and tweens to explore their dream.”

According to the release,1 with the help of a parent or guardian, students must complete a short online 300-word or less essay that must answer at least one of the following topics:

  • Why they want to be a veterinarian
  • Why they love animals
  • What they have done to get animal experience or learn more about science

“Those of us in veterinary medicine experience the joy that comes with getting to know pet owners and pets over a lifetime. Vet Set Go plays a critical role in connecting young people to these fulfilling careers,” said Todd Lavender, DVM, president of VCA Animal Hospitals.1 “I’m proud of our growing partnership with Vet Set Go and excited that we’re able to send a whole class of students to Junior Vet Camp in 2023. This work is one way we’re helping the next generation of professionals grab hold of their dreams and supporting our commitment to taking care of the future of veterinary medicine.”

Throughout the time at the camp, winners will take a deep dive into veterinary medicine first-hand in Auburn University classrooms, laboratories, and outdoor facilities. The curriculum includes anatomy, food animals, first aid, parasitology, surgery, and wildlife.

The 45 winners will receive a prize package that includes tuition, materials, and room and board at the camp, valued at $1200, in Auburn, Alabama while transportation is the responsibility of the winners. The contest begins on February 1, 2023, at 8 am EST and will close on March 31st, 2023 at 11:59 pm EST.

“I was 11 years old when I decided to become a veterinarian. I still remember how badly I wanted to get out and work with animals and veterinarians, but that experience was so hard to find at that age,” expressed Carpenter.1 “That’s why I started Vet Set Go 16 years ago. We understand future veterinarians like no other organization and are committed to helping them find opportunities to explore their dream. The ‘Become a Veterinarian Camp Contest’ is a great example of the many ways we help future veterinarians. We understand them like no one else.”

To learn more about the contest and to enter, visit the Vet Set Go website.


Vet Set Go and VCA Animal Hospitals Team Up to Launch “Become a Veterinarian Camp Contest 2023.” News release. VCA Animal Hospitals. January 5, 2023. Accessed January 9, 2023.

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