Zoo Medicine
& Management in Massachusetts

Experience a week in the life of a working veterinarian as you help zookeepers and vets care for over 100 animals that call the Capron Park Zoo home. You’ll hear from other animal experts about enclosure design and the important role of zoos in conservation around the world.

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Prepare for the future

The Capron Park Zoo is on a mission to inspire the public to become more interested in the natural world through their exhibits and outreach programs. During your time in Massachusetts, you can look forward to:
  • Daily field classes on topics including large animal exams, rehabilitation and release, and designing animal enrichment activities
  • Researching and presenting your own Keeper Talk to the visiting public
  • Time in the lab to discover topics including animal first aid, parasitology, and enclosure design

By attending Zoo Medicine & Management in Massachusetts, you can earn up to 40 veterinary hours, a required part of every vet school application.

2024 Program Dates & Tuition

  • 7 Days
  • June 30–July 6
  • July 7–13
  • $4,695

What’s Included

All Meals

On-Campus Accommodations at Stonehill College

10:1 Teaching Vet-to-Student Ratio

Up to 40 veterinary hours

Program Highlights

Animal Care Rotations

On your first day at the Capron Park Zoo, you’ll be split into three groups. Each group will take turns rotating through different learning activities on food preparation, enclosure maintenance, and animal enrichment.

Field Classes

The zoo will become a living classroom for you and your fellow attendees as you explore important topics like animal behavioral observations, zoo ethics, and veterinary diagnostics across different areas of the zoo.

Public Outreach

After four full days of exploration at the Zoo, you will research a specific topic pertaining to animal conservation that you’re passionate about and present your findings during your own Keeper Talk with the visiting public!

Farm Visit

Farm animal medicine, including horses, pigs, and cows, is a large veterinary field in the United States and around the world. After you learn more about farm animal physical exams, you’ll visit a local farm to practice what you’ve learned!

Your Adventure, Day by Day

Day 1

Arrival in Massachusetts

  • Registration & Orientation
  • Setting expectations & goals

Day 2

Exotic & Wildlife Mammals

  • Introduction to Exotic and Wildlife Mammals
  • Field Class: Behavioral Observations
  • Animal Care Rotation I*
    • Food Preparation
    • Enclosure Maintenance and Management
    • Animal Enrichment
  • Lab Activity: Suturing
*Students will be split into three groups and rotate through each animal care activity

Day 3

Large & Domesticated Animals

  • Practice Physical Exams & Positive Reinforcement Training
  • Animal Care Rotation II
  • Field Class: Zoo Ethics, Animal Welfare, and the Role of Zoos in Conservation
  • Lab Activity: Bandaging

Day 4


  • Introduction to Reptile Care
  • Field Class: Veterinary Diagnostics & Reptile Physical Examinations
  • Lab Activity: Parasitology
  • Animal Care Rotation III
  • Design Animal Enrichment Projects

Day 5


  • Introduction to Avian Care
  • Small Group Work
    • Radiograph Interpretation Lab
    • Rabbit Physical Examinations
    • Research + Prepare for Keeper Talk Presentation

Day 6

Careers in Veterinary Medicine

  • Present Keeper Talks
  • Field Class: Jobs in Veterinary Medicine & Capture and Release vs Rehab
  • Small Group Work
    • Enclosure Design Workshop
    • Blood Cytology Lab

Day 7


The events included in this itinerary are subject to minor changes before your program.

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What some of our students and their parents are saying…

This was the most fun I’ve ever had at a camp and I couldn’t ask to meet better people. Dr. Scott and Dr. Amber really helped me finalize my desire to become a vet. They were also so fun to be around.”

Attending her Veterinary Academy program “increased Sophia’s confidence and interpersonal skills and confirmed that she wanted to be a vet.”

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