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Junior High Students Attend Summer Vet Camp at Auburn's College of Veterinary Medicine

Auburn's College of Veterinary Medicine hosts junior high school students for summer veterinary camp

By Kristen Oliver / Opelika-Auburn News

Auburn, Alabama — 
Lillian Shortle, 13, puts her hand through a fistula to feel inside a dairy cows rumen Wednesday at Veterinary Camp "Large Animal Day" at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Source: Albert Cesare /

This week, 30 junior high school students are enjoying a unique type of summer camp.

They're not swimming or paddling canoes, but they are sticking their hands inside a cow's stomach and learning how to shave down the teeth of a horse.

The students are participating in Auburn University’s fourth summer of veterinary camps, where they're learning about all types of animals from large mammals to fish.

“They really get a little of everything,” said Kris Street, administrator in the College of Veterinary Medicine. “It kind of reminds me of a little sampler platter, where they get a little sample of everything and they can decide, ‘Hey, wow, I really like this,’ or they can say, ‘You know what, this type of veterinary medicine is not anything I want to do.’”

The camp started Monday and continues until Friday with unique lessons each day from 8 a.m. to about 4 p.m. The programming is guided by veterinary students with the help of faculty members. [read complete article]

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