2014 VBS Summer Campers Want More

On June 15th, 24 high school juniors and seniors from as far away as Vermont and Florida arrived at Penn State’s UP campus for a 5-day immersion in veterinary and biomedical sciences. They had so much fun, they didn’t want to leave!

group campers

Prospective Penn State students can travel a few different avenues in getting to know University Park. Our undergraduate admissions office schedules tours and open houses, which are wonderful opportunities to become familiar with our campus, admissions, and academics 

But, if you already know you want a degree in the veterinary and biomedical sciences, try attending our VBS summer camp! It is the best way to find out what undergraduate life is really like for VBS students.

The Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department (VBS) houses the following majors for undergraduates: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences (VBSC), Immunology and Infectious Diseases (IID), and Toxicology (TOX).

The camp is organized by Dr. Nüket Acar, VBS advisor, to provide real-life student experiences and to explore the types of professions and academic careers that are open to graduates of VBS programs.

suturingOur camp offers hands-on labs and lectures, just like in college classes. You’ll also get a feel for living on campus by staying in the residence halls and eating in the dining commons. Students even have the opportunity to practice their suturing skills on bananas!



Campers are supervised 24-7 by Penn State student-counselors, who treat them to evening fun after days filled with learning. One night they may celebrate birthdays, while another night they might take in a minor league baseball game. In the photo to the right, campers warm down in the residence hall after an evening run.

The 2014 campers were an enthusiastic group of students, and we were thrilled to share time with them at Penn State. Many left saying they wished they could stay longer. That’s easy. Enroll at Penn State to begin your education in one of our majors, and you can come back every fall!

Day-time Instruction Provided by Faculty


  • Avian anatomy
  • DNA extraction from cheek cells
  • Hands-on equine & bovine care
  • Surgical suturing
  • Microbiology
  • Parasitology
  • Pet wellness
  • Imaging







  • The Relationships among People, Pets, and Vets
  • Biomedical Research
  • Zoonotic Diseases
  • Overview of Medical School, College of Agricultural Sciences, and Penn State’s Academic Advising and Admissions
 Field Trips

What Other Activities Are Available?

This outreach activity is one of three that we offer youth. For students in grades 6th through 9th, we offer a day-long career exploration program where they can try hands-on experiences similar to the summer camp. They also attend a short advising session detailing college requirements.

The Discover Penn State program is designed for students who already have an offer of admission to Penn State’s Animal Science (ANSC), Immunology and Infectious Diseases (IID), Toxicology (TOX) or Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences (VBSC) majors. 

Any high school juniors and seniors interested in attending the 2015 VBS Summer Camp are welcome to contact Karen Scott at She also can provide assistance to students thinking of applying to Penn State’s VBS majors.