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I come from a family of animal lovers and I'm raising some myself too!
Back when I was a kid, I had a whole mini-zoo of my own. From newts to pigeons and of course cats and a dog… I had it all. Thankfully my own dad loved having pets galore… so I was in good company.
Some of the best memories from my childhood were of the times I worked at a zoo (yep, I totally did) and then at an animal hospital. The vets and vet techs were my heroes, as were the zookeepers. I looked up to them because of their dedication to their patients and the animals they care for.
My dream was to become a veterinarian and although that dream didn't come true, I think there is a very good chance that it will for one of my own. I can totally see Emmy being the best animal doctor ever.
When I heard about the partnership and contest from Royal Canin, a global leader in pet health nutrition, and Vet Set Go, the first and only community dedicated to aspiring teen and tween veterinarians, launching the 2018 “Become a Veterinarian Camp Contest”, I was so excited to share it all with you!
The contest offers students entering sixth through eighth grade the chance to win a coveted spot at Auburn University's Junior Vet Camp from July 15-20, 2018. The prize package includes free tuition, meals, and housing!
Three grand prize winners will be chosen to attend the camp to learn about veterinary medicine first-hand in classrooms, laboratories and outdoor facilities. These dedicated students will learn about public health, food, animals, wildlife, anatomy, x-rays, and first aid, as well as gain valuable mentoring about veterinary science careers while on the campus in Auburn, Ala. Over the course of its 125-year history, the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine has produced more than 6,400 veterinarians and more than 500 specialists and researchers.
Isn't that so cool?!
It comes as no surprise to me that Royal Canin USA, the leader in science-based cat and dog health nutrition that was founded by a veterinarian in 1968 would be involved with this since they have 50 years of experience in delivering individualized nutritional solutions. In collaboration with an expert team of nutritionists, breeders, and veterinarians from around the world, Royal Canin places cats and dogs at the central point of the innovation process. The Royal Canin product line offers a range of diets based on size, age, breed, lifestyle and therapeutic requirements.
“Royal Canin believes veterinarians are at the core of making a better world for pets, and we recognize the importance of encouraging future veterinarians across the country to pursue their dreams,” said Dr. Brent Mayabb, Royal Canin's Chief Veterinary Officer and Vice President of Corporate Affairs. “For aspiring veterinarians, it can be difficult to find opportunities where they can get experience working with animals at a young age. This contest is designed to help overcome this challenge and give students access to the world of veterinary medicine.”
Do you have a budding veterinarian in your home? This might be perfect for them!
To enter, students can share their personal story on why they want to become a veterinarian and include a photo of them helping or enjoying time with animals.
How To Enter: Students, with the help of their parents, can enter the contest at https://www.vetsetgo.com/about/become-a-vet-camp-contest between April 2 ̶ May 4, 2018.