Bay Area Equine Vet Camp

Giddy up and get a head start in veterinary medicine!

Registration is now open for
2017 Bay Area Equine Vet Camp
June 26 – June 30th*, 2017
9am–4pm (*Ends 1pm on 30th)
Bay Area Equestrian Club Stables
Walnut Creek, CA USA (San Francisco Bay Area)
For highly motivated students:
Middle School • High School • Undergrads
Commuter and Residential registration options
Explore the fascinating world of
equine veterinary medicine at
Bay Area Equine Vet Camp

Featuring noted veterinarian, specialist surgeon, and author
Jamie Textor, DVM, PhD
Register Now!
Limited to 50 students
Summer is a wonderful time for students to follow their passions and explore their interests!

Like no other equine veterinary camp!
Like no other public or private classroom experience!

View our Welcome Packet!

Bay Area Equine Vet Camp (BAE Vet Camp), the only camp of its kind in Northern California, is an intensive five-day, equine-focused summer camp designed and geared for mature, highly motivated middle school and high school students and college undergrads. We take a collaborative and experiential approach to learning, and promise fun, challenging, and intriguing workshops, lessons, and activities taught by expert mentors and guest speakers in a safe, nurturing environment.

Students can use their hours spent at BAE Vet Camp on their academic résumé and college applications for veterinary schools, which require practical and clinical experience working with a veterinarian.

BAE Vet Camp is a dynamic veterinary studies experience, incorporating STEM (science, technology, engineering & math), art, writing, music, and yoga and Pilates for equestrians. Students attend from around the world, making BAE Vet Camp a great opportunity for international networking.


BAE Vet Camp offers a full curriculum of academics and hands-on workshops with a focus on the anatomy, physiology, health, and care of horses—perfect for the student who is considering becoming a veterinarian. BAE Vet Camp will be an entirely new experience for returning students, who will enjoy reconnecting with camp friends and mentors, and delight in new friends from around the globe, mentors, activities, and workshop locations!

BAE Vet Camp includes exclusive workshops at University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine; Stanford University Red Barn Equestrian Center; University of California, Berkeley: Golden Gate Fields (Berkeley, CA); and Bay Area Equestrian Club Stables (Walnut Creek, CA)

Students will study, up-close-and-personal, veterinary science through direct hands-on interactions and small
group discussions, and will learn about:
• preventive medicine
• heart, eye, and brain through dissections (optional)
• suturing
• carbon dioxide and oxygen experiments
• podiatry and hoof care through horse farrier demonstrations
• equine digital radiography
• alternative medicine modalities (acupuncture; chiropractic; holistic approaches)
• the variety of technological concentrations within the field of veterinary medicine

Vet Camp mentor and noted veterinarian Jamie Textor, DVM, PhD, developed the BAE Vet Camp curriculum in collaboration with the BAE Club Board and will spend several days with the students, between the Bay Area Equestrian Club Stables and the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, the top ranked U.S. veterinary school.

At UC Davis, Dr. Textor will offer an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital and discuss how young people can work with horses and what it takes to become a veterinarian. Students will visit several departments, including the Clinical Pathology Department and the Materials Testing Laboratory of Susan Stover, DVM, PhD, where limbs, horseshoes, and track surfaces are mechanically tested for physical properties—demonstrating the interface between veterinary medicine and biomedical engineering. Students will also learn about equine diagnostic imaging, oncology, dermatology, and regenerative medicine using stem cells.

At the Bay Area Equestrian Club Stables, Dr. Textor will create a temporary wet lab, sponsored by Vetrix (a leader in biological regenerative veterinary medicine), discuss aspects and challenges of tissue healing, and demonstrate the use of regenerative products.

In other workshops, students will work with horse breeder Jill Sherman; professional cowboy and champion saddle bronc specialist Nick LaDuke; horse trainer Kim Bredehoft; equine chiropractor Tracy Rainwaters; hoof care and rehabilitation expert Ann Ramsey; architect, and author Cathy Remick, who will help students design an equine medical facility or equestrian center; animal experts Kevin & Martina Keith, who are bringing several exotic animals—including monkeys, baboons, and a pot bellied pig—to demonstrate how to interact and handle exotics; and esteemed flutist and music arranger Monica Williams, who will conduct an exclusive workshop on equine music therapy.

Rounding out the curriculum, students will meet and learn about the rehabilitation of Bay Area Equestrian Club rescue horses, try their hand at driving a pony cart, and practice nature awareness and reflection while hiking and performing yoga and Pilates outdoors, on the ranch.

Please note that BAE Vet Camp mentors, workshops, and activities are subject to change.

The far-reaching hands-on, interactive curriculum is dynamic and challenging; the rewards are priceless.

BAE Vet Camp employs the professional charter services of Durham School Services to transport students by bus to and from off-site workshops

The staff-to-camper ratio is 1:4, with an emphasis always on safety first. Small group sizes, personal attention to each student, a variety of meaningful and engaging activities, and an extremely passionate staff of top experts dedicated to enriching students’ lives will ensure this program is a memorable experience for all campers.

 Registration Options

The five-day Bay Area Equine Vet Camp offers Commuter, Residential and
Exclusive Workshop registration price options:

Residential: $2,500
Commuter: $1,500
Exclusive Workshop @ UC Davis: $950

Space is limited; register now to secure your spot!

Once payment is received, registered students will receive their  BAE Vet Camp Welcome Packet on June 1, prior to the start of camp, with details regarding what to wear, what to bring, and where we’ll be.

From all of us at Bay Area Equine Vet Camp, we wish you and your family an enriching and extraordinary school year.

Happy trails!

Shanna Gage Lai, Camp Director
Bay Area Equine Vet Camp