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Indiana State Fair Vet Camp Deadline Extended

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Future Veterinarians have until July 31 to register.

Many come to the Indiana State Fair to eat their favorite fried treat but there is also a vast education program during the 17-day event that affords youth of varying ages an opportunity to take a glimpse into careers, lifestyles and food production with an agricultural emphasis. Indiana State Fair Vet Camp hosted by Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine will host several sessions for future veterinarians during the Fair and the deadline for pre-registration has been extended to July 31.

“This hands-on program, taught by current veterinary students, gives these students a great advantage to learning what skills it will take to succeed in this career,” said Dr. Jim Weisman, Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. “The Indiana State Fair understands the importance of educating our youth in varying aspects of agriculture and animal care and we see that during the fair and all year long.”

Vet Camp is broken into two age groups, junior and senior camp. Junior Vet Camp is for grades 6-8 and Senior Vet Camp focuses on grades 9-12. This three hour experience for future veterinarians provides an opportunity to be the doctor for the day. The hands-on sessions include exploring blood under a microscope, examining x-rays and practicing surgery skills on simulated incisions. Current Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine students will lead the camp sessions and emphasize the role veterinarians play in animal welfare, human health via our food chain, general disease outbreak and new drug development.

Pre-registration is required and available until July 31 with a small fee of $25. Registration includes Fair admission and parking. Learn more and register today at, In.gov/statefair/barn. To purchase your advance discount ticket to the Indiana State Fair August 7-23, please visit, Indianastatefair.com.

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