Courtney Clasper or Jason Burtis, Camp Directors

Waxhaw Animal Hospital

 Camp Types / Age Groups:

The main levels of Elementary and Middle School are intended as both an introduction and a new experience, even if a child has already attended camp with us.  Each session and year bring new experiences, cases, and your child gets even more out of camp as they mature and are exposed to similar concepts again.

Elementary level camp is offered for Rising 2nd - 5th graders, with smaller groups dividing up for various activities as we do our "Rounds."

Middle School level camp is offered for Rising 6th-9th graders, with smaller groups breaking our for interactive experiences.

The "Returning" Sessions are exclusively open to campers who have already attended at least one session of that same level and are entering 4th or 5th grade for Elementary or 7th-9th grade for Middle School.  This is an experience that allows for a bit more in depth, however all regular sessions are still open to returning campers, as there is plenty to do & learn. 

Each session & each year is always somewhat different, as well as the maturity level of the camper.  Campers always seem to do have even more fun the second, third, or fourth time around!

2018 Sessions:

1:  Session 1 Elem - June 11 - 15       

     Session 1 Elementary CLOSED **             

2:  Session 2 MS - June 18 - 22

Rising 6th - 9th Grades                           

3:  Session 3 Elem - June 25 - 29   

Rising 2nd - 5th Grades                       

4:  Session 4  Elem - July 9 - 13

Rising 2nd - 5th Grades                         

5:  Session 5 MS - July 16 - 20  

Rising 6th - 9th Grades                           

6:  Session 6 Ret Elem - July 23 - 27 

Returning Camper - 4th -5th Grader               

 7:  Session 7 Ret MS - August 6 - 10

Returning Camper - 7th - 9th Grader               

8:  Session 8  Elem - August 13 - 17

Rising 2nd - 5th Grades




Waxhaw Animal Hospital 
601 N. Church St.
Waxhaw, NC 28173

Driving Directions 

Health Form & Waiver Click Here

After you have successfully completed registration, please be sure to print out the VetCamp Health History & Waiver Form for each camper, then complete and return to us.  It can be found in any 1 of three places: the above link, our Vet Camp Website, or on our Facebook event page.

If you are unable to find or open it, please email us at, and we will send you an attachment.



WAH VetCamp 2018

Campers will:

  • observe animal physical examinations
  • learn about safety around animals and in the veterinary clinic
  • learn and practice responsible pet ownership
  • explore pet health care issues
  • look at real X-rays and learn what they can tell us about the condition of an animal
  • observe an Ultrasound exam on an animal
  • look at samples under the microscope & learn about parasites
  • observe and potentially practice how to bandage
  • observe veterinary dentistry (Rising 2nd-5th Graders)
  • observe surgery (Returning 4th & 5th Graders, Rising and Returning 6th – 9th Graders)
  • discover how veterinarians use math and science skills
  • explore careers in Veterinary Science and Medicine, as well as other areas such as grooming, animal control, behavior training, service and police work
  • learn animal first aid (Rising 6th-8th Graders and Returning Campers)

Other Activities Include: 

  • Animal - related Arts & Crafts
  • Daily Snack
  • Writing & Drawing about the animals
  • Guest Speakers
  • Dog Show, Picnic, & Certificate Presentation on Friday 
  • (Parents may bring a family pet 12:15pm on Friday)

Extra Program Components for Returning Campers:

We will again have returning camper experiences this summer by offering 2 separate sessions, one for each grade group.  We will be building on the experiences that your child had in the previous year (or even earlier in the summer).  

* Note that these sessions have a prerequisite: Returning Elementary Session - 4th or 5th grade AND having attended our Elementary VetCamp last year or a prior session this year; Returning MS Session - 7th - 9th grade AND having attended our MIddle School Vet Camp last year or a prior session this year. 

Some of the extra activities may include:

  •      Large Animal Veterinary Medicine
  •      Special Field Trip
  •      Exotic Animal Habitats and Care
  •      Advanced Surgery Observation
  •      Advanced Dog Training
  •      Advanced Animal Care



Daily Schedule:

Rides In (Arrival): 8:45-9:00 am  -  Parents may drop off their kids in our "car rider line"

Camp Activities: 9:00 am –1:00 pm

Rides Out (Departure): 1:00-1:15 pm

  What to Wear:

  • Comfortable clothes
  • Sneakers & Socks (no opened-toe shoes)

  What to Bring:

  • Light Lunch
  • Water Bottle
  • Stuffed Animal to keep at camp for the week

  What Not to Bring:

  • NO Electronic Devices / Phones
  • No Money needed


Regular Sessions: $300   Returning Sessions: $350    

Full Pay at Registration locks in the slot / Deposit at Registration requires a balance payment by a due date in order to lock in the registration.  Deposits are not refundable.  Balances due by April 15th for June Sessions, by May 15th for July sessions, and by June 15th for August sessions.

If a session you are hoping for is full and you wish to be on a Wait List, you should register your child under the Wait List Deposit option, and pay to confirm your deisre to be in a session.  Open spots will be filled from the wait list 2-3 weeks after the balance deadlines, and you will receive an email to confirm your child's placement.  If we are unable to place your child for the summer session off the wait list, your deposit will be refunded at that time as well.


Registration is currently OPEN

All registrations will be processed on a first come, first serve basis.  As this system will not alert you if a session is full, and the session in which you register is full, you will receive an email from letting you know if another session is available or giving you the option to go onto the waiting list for your preferred session. If the session in which you registered is the only session you prefer, you will be refunded the full amount paid.

** As of 3/16/18, we have started closing sessions for enrollment as they fill up. There is always a possibility of an opening or two, based on non-confirmation or our ability to add a spot or two for a particular session.  If you defintely want a particular session or any of that level, PLEASE REGISTER under "WAIT LIST", indicate the session desired & pay the deposit.  JB revised 3/16/18

Register Now!

If for some reason you are unable to register through the registration linkr, or need to complete the registration process by paper and check or cash, please call us and we will send you a paper form, or stop by in person.