Programs and Camps

Iowa State Fair Vet Med Group

A variety of programs and camps are available for students interested in pursuing a veterinary medicine career. 

Some of the opportunities available that are affiliated with Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine include:

AgDiscovery
AgDiscovery is a summer camp outreach program to help middle through high school aged students explore careers in animal science, veterinary medicine, agribusiness, plant pathology, aquaculture, and much more. This 2-4 week program allows participants to live on a college campus and learn about agricultural science from university professors, practicing veterinarians, industry representatives, and professionals working for the U.S. government. Students who participate in AgDiscovery gain experience through hands-on labs, workshops, field trips and other group and team building activities.

Iowa State University is one of several host sites for AgDiscovery and accepts students, ages 15-17.

For more information contact:
Janet Payear DVM, MPH, PhD
Scientific Outreach Coordinator
National Veterinary Services Laboratories
1920 Dayton Avenue
Ames, IA 50010
515-337-7003 
FAX: 515-337-7397
Janet.B.Payeur@aphis.usda.gov  

4-H Youth Development and Mentoring Programs
The 4-H Veterinary Science project helps students explore and learn more about animal health in your home, club, community, country and world. Students gain knowledge about how animal health affects public health while appreciating the importance of good management and sanitation practices in keeping animals and birds healthy. 

FFA Programs
The Future Farmers of America's Veterinary Science CDE provides opportunities for participants to develop technical knowledge and demonstrate practical skills in the field of veterinary science.

Vet Camp at the Iowa State Fair
Vet Camp at the Iowa State Fair is held each August and is an educational, exciting, hands-on learning program aimed at encouraging children ages 10-18 to learn about animal health, welfare and what it is like to be an animal doctor. The two-hour program focuses on both large and small veterinary medicine. Vet Camp is free with a paid Fair admission.