Jason Burtis, Courtney Bodenheimer, & Morgan Attwood - Vet Camp Admin Staff

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 out 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!

2020 Sessions:

1:  Session 1 Elementary - 2nd-5th Grade

  June 15 - 19, 2020    FULL

2:  Session 2 Middle School - 6th - 9th Grade

June 22 - 26, 2020   FULL

3:  Session 3 Elementary - 2nd - 5th Grade

  July 6 - 10, 2020   1 spot open  7/4

4:  Session 4  Returning Elem - 4th - 5th Grade

July 13 - 17, 2020   Full

5:  Session 5  Returning MS - 7th - 9th Grade

 July 20 - 24, 2020   Full 

6:  Session 6 Elementary - 2nd - 5th Grade

August 3 - 7, 2020 Still Open!

 7:  Session 7  Middle School - 6th - 9th Grade

 Dates moved from August to 7/27-7/31      FULL

8: Session 8  Elementary - 2nd - 5th Grade

August 17 - 21, 2020    CANCELED






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.

Vet Camp has been going well this summer!  We have put into place many new protocols that have allowed us to offer our live camps.  We had to re-arrange some things due to school date changes, and now we even have a few spots open for Elementary students.  JB 7/4/20


                    WAH VetCamp 2020


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 (if possible)
  • look at samples under the microscope & learn about parasites
  • observe and potentially practice how to bandage
  • observe veterinary dentistry
  • 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 & picnic lunch)

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
  •      Extended Lab Components

Returning Middle School Extended Days! -- We will again be extending the Returning Middle School session to be a full day (until 5pm, with car rides out until 5:15pm) on Tueday, Wednesday & Thursday.  Monday will be until 1pm, then Friday will be the family picnic at 12:15, ending at 1pm, with special case presentations.  During the extra time, we may plan an extended field trip, as well as extra lab time, animal handling practice, surgery videos, and other activities.  Campers should be sure to pack a hearty lunch, refillable water bottle and we will have 2 snack breaks during the day.


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 (refigerator is available)
  • Refillable Water Bottle w/ Name 
  • Stuffed Animal for practice (Day to be announced in email)

What Not to Bring:

  • NO Electronic Devices or Phones - Director will take for day if child needs after
  • No Money needed


Regular Elementary: $325   Regular Middle School: $350   

Returning Elementary $375 Returning MS: $450

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 1st for June Sessions, by May 1st for July sessions, and by June 1st 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 to Returning Families