N.C. Veterinary Medical Association Sponsors Campe
The North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association (NCVMA) has become the named sponsor of the four Veterinary Science Camps that the N.C. Zoo offers each year to young people who are interested in pursuing careers in veterinary medicine.
Chief Veterinarian and NCVMA member Dr. Mike Loomis oversees these camps, each of which offers intensive, hands-on educational experiences to 20 campers. The camps engage aspiring veterinarians in activities that mirror many of the day-to-day activities that unfold in a typical veterinary practice and acquaint campers with some of the specialized techniques veterinarians use when working with wild, free-ranging animals.
The first two camps take place in May. These one-day camps are suitable for 12- to 15-year-old youngsters. The remaining two camps, which extend over three days, are held in July and accept 15- to 18-year-old campers. These Senior Camps provide broader and more in-depth experiences, including, teaching the basics of delivering CPR to cats and dogs and taking campers into the veterinary hospital's surgical suite to observe a surgery in the zoo's veterinary hospital.
As the sponsor of these camps, NCVMA has provided a $5,000 donation to the N.C. Zoo Society. Zoo veterinarians will use the gift to purchase surgical equipment and instruments, as well as medications for use by the N.C. Zoo's Valerie H. Schindler Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. This wildlife rehab center, which was built entirely with private donations to the N.C. Zoo Society, is operated by the N.C. Zoo's veterinary staff.
The Schindler Wildlife Center treats 750 to 950 wild animals each year and further assists wildlife by supporting the Randolph County Humane Society's efforts to reduce feral animal populations. Feral animals harm wildlife by preying on wild animals and by spreading diseases. The Schindler Wildlife Rehabilitation Center supports the Humane Society by spaying and neutering dogs and cats accepted into its foster care program. Nearly half of NCVMA's donation will fund equipment and supplies to support the foster animals treated at the rehabilitation center.
The N.C. Zoo Society is an independent association of members committed to fostering enduring personal connections between people and nature. It supports the North Carolina Zoo and its projects that educate and inspire people about our natural environment. The Society, through the Zoo, conserves wildlife and wild places throughout the world, promotes scientific research and advocacy, encourages relationships with nature through outdoor recreation, and generates respect for animals and their welfare.
Individuals interested in learning more about the NCVMA sponsored veterinary camps can go to www.nczoo.com and click on Veterinary Camps or call Jayne Owen Parker, Ph.D. at the N.C. Zoo Society at (3360 879-7273.
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