Press release: Royal Canin
As part of the company’s ongoing commitment to the future of the veterinarian industry, Royal Canin, a global leader in pet health nutrition, has partnered with Vet Set Go, the first and only community dedicated to aspiring teen and tween veterinarians, and announced today that the 2019 “Become a Veterinarian Camp Contest” is open for entries.
The 2019 “Become a Veterinarian Camp Contest” is open from March 1 through March 29 and offers students entering sixth through eighth grade, who are interested in the veterinary profession, the chance to win a coveted spot at Auburn University’s Junior Vet Camp from July 14 ̶ 19, 2019. The prize package includes free tuition, meals, and housing. In addition, every student who enters will receive a free Vet Set Go quiz, which helps identify the most important activity categories for future veterinarians and gives and actual score in each area.
According to The New York Life 2017 Imagination Survey of children 12 and under, veterinarian was the second most popular future career, behind medical doctor, and many current veterinarians knew from a young age that they wanted to enter the field.
“Like many of my colleagues, my love for animals and desire to help them was awakened at a young age,” said Dr. Laura Pletz, Resident Veterinarian at Royal Canin. “In early elementary school, I remember being fascinated by the vet who cared for my puppy when she broke her leg. I dreamed of being able to provide that same level of care for all animals, which is the moment I knew I wanted to be a vet. I never strayed from that passion and would have loved to have had the opportunity to participate in a program such as Junior Vet Camp at such a young age.”
Three grand prize winners will be chosen to attend the camp to learn about veterinary medicine first-hand in classrooms, laboratories and outdoor facilities. These dedicated students will learn about public health, food, animals, wildlife, anatomy, x-rays, and first aid, as well as gain valuable mentoring about veterinary science careers while on the campus in Auburn, Ala. Throughout its 125-year history, the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine has produced more than 6,400 veterinarians and more than 500 specialists and researchers.
“The passion for pursuing a veterinary career often begins from the simple love of animals,” Dr. Chris Carpenter, Founder and President of Vet Set Go, explained. “It is incredible to watch the passion that our youth holds for pets, and we are thrilled to be able to support their dreams. With the help of Royal Canin, we can provide opportunities that they will remember for a lifetime.”
To enter, students can share their personal story on why they want to become a veterinarian and include a photo of them helping or enjoying time with animals. Students, with the help of their parents, can enter the contest here between March 1 ̶ 29, 2019.