Jason Burtis, Courtney Bodenheimer -                        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.  Campers who are rising 6th graders, even if they have attended camp before, should definitely be in one of these sessions.

The "Returning, or Advanced" Sessions are exclusively for 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. Our returning sessions will involve guest visits and/or a field trip.

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!

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2022 Sessions & Availability:

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VC1 Elementary - 2nd-5th Grade

  June 13 - 17    CLOSED 2/13 - Wait List Avail

 VC2 Middle School - 6th - 9th Grade

June 20 - 24     CLOSED 2/13

VC3 Returning Elem - 4th-5th Grade

 June 27 - July 1   CLOSED - 1 Wait List Avail

VC4 Elementary - 2nd - 5th Grade

July 11 - 15    CLOSED 2/13 - Wait List Avail

VC5 Middle School - 6th-9th Grade

July 18 - 22   CLOSED 2/13 - Wait List Avail

VC6  Advanced MS - 7th - 9th Grade

Aug 1 - 5    CLOSED - Filled in 3 hours!

                                    No More Wait List

VC7 Elementary - 2nd - 5th Grade

Aug 8 - 12    CLOSED 2/13  Wait List Avail

If you are definitely hoping to get your child into one of the sessions after it is full, do continue onto registration and register for the wait list & select your preferred session, or no preference, and you will be emailed if we have an opening.  If a wait list registrant does not get a spot, that deposit is refunded.






Waxhaw Animal Hospital 
601 N. Church St.
PO Box 275
Waxhaw, NC 28173

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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 2022


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 Time & Lunch Time
  • Writing & Drawing about the animals
  • Guest Speakers
  • Certificate Presentation on Friday 
  • Bring your own animal for a day at camp

Extra Program Components for Advanced Camps:

We will again have advanced 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 Guests
  •      Exotic Animal Habitats and Care
  •      Dog Training
  •      Advanced Animal Care
  •      Extended Lab Components


Returning Middle School Extended Days! -- We have varied the format of the Returning Middle School session to be various forms of extended days.  This summer, we will have days until 3pm Tuesday through Thursday to allow for extended lab, casework, and field trips.  Monday and Friday will be until the normal 1pm.    Campers should be sure to pack a hearty lunch, refillable water bottle and a mid-morning snack


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 / flip-flops)
  • Protective Mask - Will be worn indoors at all times

  What to Bring:

  • Lunch (Not refrigerated or microwaved)
  • Refillable Water Bottle - with tight closures w/ Name 
  • Stuffed Animal for practice (Days 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 April 20th for July sessions, and by May 6th 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