ST. CHARLES, Mo., April 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Becoming a veterinarian is the number one career choice of tweens and teens – meaning one in every five students want to become a future veterinarian1. To help students interested in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine, Royal Canin, a global leader in pet health nutrition, and Vet Set Go, the first and only community dedicated to aspiring teen and tween veterinarians, are teaming up to launch a new contest: "Become A Vet: Camp Contest 2017".
The "Become a Vet: Camp Contest 2017" offers students entering sixth through eighth grade the chance to win a coveted spot at Auburn University's Junior Vet Camp from July 9-14, 2017. The prize package includes free tuition, meals and housing.
"The love of animals is a very powerful and motivating passion that begins early in future veterinarians," Dr. Chris Carpenter, Founder and President of Vet Set Go, explains. "Sixty-five percent of today's veterinarians decided before the age of 13 that it was the career path they wanted to take2, so now is the time to nurture and support these aspiring veterinarians. Veterinary medicine is a calling, and it is our job to provide our kids with the tools necessary to follow their dreams."
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. Over the course of 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.
"As a company that believes veterinarians are at the core making a better world for pets, Royal Canin is proud to partner with Vet Set Go to encourage future veterinarians across the country to pursue their dreams," said Dr. Brent Mayabb, an experienced veterinarian and Royal Canin Vice President of Corporate Affairs. "For aspiring veterinarians, we understand that it may be difficult to find opportunities where they can get animal experience or volunteer at a young age. This contest is designed to be a solution to this problem and give students access to the world of veterinary medicine."
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 at www.vetsetgo.com/vetcampcontest between April 4 - May 4, 2017.
1 A national survey by Duracell and Timetoplaymag.com
2 A national survey by Zoomerang
ABOUT Royal Canin USA
Royal Canin USA is a leader in science-based cat and dog health nutrition. Founded by a veterinarian in 1968, Royal Canin has more than 40 years of experience in delivering individualized nutritional solutions. In collaboration with an expert team of nutritionists, breeders and veterinarians from around the world, Royal Canin places cats and dogs at the central point of the innovation process. The Royal Canin product line offers a range of diets based on size, age, breed, lifestyle and therapeutic requirements. Royal Canin diets are available at veterinary hospitals and pet specialty stores nationwide. Royal Canin is a subsidiary of Mars, Incorporated. To learn more about Royal Canin, visit www.royalcanin.com and visit the company on Facebook at www.facebook.com/royalcanin.us.
ABOUT Vet Set Go
Vet Set Go is the first and only web community dedicated to helping teen and tween aspiring veterinarians explore their passion. Founded by Dr. Christopher Carpenter, Vet Set Go works to encourage future veterinarians and show them how to explore their dream today.
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SOURCE Royal Canin