ST. CHARLES, Mo., April 3, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of veterinarians is projected to grow 19 percent from 2016 to 2026, which is much faster than the average for all occupations1. To help continue this positive trend through education, 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 continuing their partnership with the launch of the 2018 "Become a Veterinarian Camp Contest."
The 2018 "Become a Veterinarian Camp Contest" offers students entering sixth through eighth grade the chance to win a coveted spot at Auburn University's Junior Vet Camp from July 15-20, 2018. The prize package includes free tuition, meals and housing.
"The love of animals is often where the early passion is ignited for veterinarians," Dr. Chris Carpenter, Founder and President of Vet Set Go, explains. "Our field is expected to grow in the coming years, and this time in adolescents' lives is critical to nurture and support these dreams and give a glimpse of what the future can hold. We couldn't do this without the support of Royal Canin and are grateful for the partnership."
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.
"Royal Canin believes veterinarians are at the core of making a better world for pets, and we recognize the importance of encouraging future veterinarians across the country to pursue their dreams," said Dr. Brent Mayabb, Royal Canin's Chief Veterinary Officer and Vice President of Corporate Affairs. "For aspiring veterinarians, it can be difficult to find opportunities where they can get experience working with animals at a young age. This contest is designed to help overcome this challenge 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 https://www.vetsetgo.com/about/become-a-vet-camp-contest between April 2 ̶ May 2, 2018.
1 Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
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 50 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 "LIKE" us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/royalcaninus.
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.
SOURCE Royal Canin USA