July 19 $300
@ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Phoenix Herpetological Society: Summer Camp – Junior Vet Camp (9 – 11 year olds)
Designed for campers with a strong interest in veterinary medicine, possibly focusing on reptiles.
Our vet camps are different though because we incorporate other rescues such as the AZ Humane Society and Liberty Wildlife, to teach about their shelter medicine for animals other than reptiles as well. We also have a vet tech come in as a special guest to teach and work with the campers one day and throughout the week, the campers learn about our medical and high needs animals and even get to help take care of them! Don’t worry, they won’t be doing surgery on any animals, but they could be giving it a special soak, assisting it shed, applying topical medicine, or assisting the counselor with the more challenging tasks. We also do a necropsy in the Advanced Vet Camp, where we first dissect a rodent to discuss mammal anatomy. Then we will perform a necropsy on an animal that passed away, such as a ball python, to explore the internal anatomy of a reptile and compare it to the mammal they previously dissected. The campers always wear protective gear and must follow PHS safety protocols, which are thoroughly explained prior to any dissection. If a camper is uncomfortable or does not want to participate in the necropsy or dissection, they do not have to; we have alternative activities they can participate in instead. By the end of vet camp, campers will have done case studies, examined live animals of all types, learned about wildlife and how we study populations of wild animals and health concerns they may have, and more. It is fun and interactive, and perfect for the child who “wants to be a vet when they grow up”! Junior campers do not do the actual dissections, but do complete a virtual dissection on the iPad so that they can still learn about the internal anatomy, but electronically instead of real life.
Thank you for your interest in the Phoenix Herpetological Sanctuary’s Summer Camp Program! We are passionate about the conservation of native and exotic reptiles and are excited to share our animals, experience, and knowledge with your child. Please see the descriptions and FAQ below to decide the camp that is best for your child! Register today!
Camp is located near Scottsdale Rd and Dynamite in Scottsdale
July 19 – 23
9am – 4pm