Frequently Asked Questions

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Who is Dr. Tim Ogilvie?

Dr. Tim Ogilvie is a past-Dean of the Atlantic Veterinary College and the founder of AVC Vet Camp. It was Dr. Ogilvie's dream to give aspiring veterinarians a window into the day-to-day life of a veterinarian.

Who is eligible to apply?

Students who are entering grades 7,8, and 9 in the fall of that year are eligible to attend one of two week-long junior vet camps. Students entering grades 10, 11, and 12 in the fall of that year are eligible to attend one of two week-long senior vet camps.

I've attended camp before. Can I apply again?

We usually receive many more applications for AVC Vet Camp than we have spaces available. If you have previously attended AVC Vet Camp and are applying to repeat the same level, your name will be placed on a waiting list so that new students have the opportunity to attend. If you are a returning camper—that is, you have already attended junior camp and are now applying for senior camp—your application will be processed and entered in the lottery draw for senior camp.

What is the difference between junior and senior AVC Vet Camp?

Both camps share a common core curriculum, but the senior camp includes additional activities and projects that are appropriate for students at the senior high school level.

What is the application process?

Applications may be completed online or by printing the application form, filling it in, and sending it in by mail.

Applications will not be processed if received after the deadline, or if incomplete. Only one application per individual will be accepted. Applications will not be accepted by phone or fax.

We take great care to ensure all applications are processed accurately and confidentially. If you are applying online, a message will appear immediately after you press “submit,” confirming that your application has been received (you will receive a copy by email). If you are applying by mail, you will receive an email confirming receipt of your application. Applications submitted by mail must be postmarked before the application deadline.

What is the application deadline?

All applications are due on or before the third Friday in March. Applications received after this deadline will not be processed.

What is the fee and what is included?

The fee for 2022 AVC Vet Camp is CAD $534.50 (plus 15% HST). This will cover tuition, workshop materials, an extensive workbook, lunches, field trips, special activities, labs, a souvenir scrub top, and a backpack. 

AVC Vet Camp is a day-only program; the fee does not include overnight accommodations.

How are campers chosen?

AVC Vet Camp is not a competitive program. To ensure a fair and equitable process, camp participants are selected by a blind lottery draw as we usually receive more applications than we have seats available. The placement of relatives and friends in the same session cannot be guaranteed.

When will I find out if I have been selected?

The lottery draw will take place shortly after the application deadline. We will send a letter to all applicants, informing them if they have or have not been selected to attend camp. These letters will be sent by email the week of April 11-15, 2022. Selection information will not be given over the phone. Those selected to attend camp are asked to confirm their attendance by May 8, 2022

How many campers are chosen for each week?

To ensure the best experience possible, we keep our numbers small, so we choose approximately 50 campers to attend each week.

Is there a waiting list?

Yes, there is a waiting list. Each applicant is assigned a number, which is used for the lottery draw. The first 50 names picked in the draw are chosen to attend camp. The remaining names are put on a waiting list in the order set up for the lottery. Please note that only those who applied by the deadline date are eligible for the waiting list.

Can non-residents apply?

Absolutely. In the past, we have had applications from around the world (United Arab Emirates, France, Scotland, Australia), so we encourage everyone eligible to apply.

What happens if I pay and then decide not to come?

If you notify us by May 27, 2022, that you will not be attending the camp, you will receive a refund of the fee minus a $50 deposit. No refunds will be provided after May 27.

Dates to remember:

  • March 18: Applications must be submitted by this date.
  • Week of April 11-15: Applicants will be notified by email if they have—or if they have not—been selected to attend camp.
  • May 8: Those selected to attend camp must confirm their attendance by this date.
  • July 4–8: Junior camp—week 1
  • July 11–15: Junior camp—week 2
  • July 18–22: Senior camp—week 3
  • July 25–29: Senior camp—week 4

Accommodations

AVC Vet Camp is a day camp only. Overnight accommodations are not included in the camp fee, and parents or guardians must drop off and pick up their camper on each of the five days of camp, unless other arrangements are made in advance. On-campus accommodations are available for families, based on availability. Campers under 18 years of age are not permitted to stay in residence unless accompanied by an adult. For full details on summer accommodations on the UPEI campus, visit our Conference Services site, or phone UPEI Conference Services at (902) 566-0442. Families are encouraged to book early for best selection. For information on other Prince Edward Island accommodations, please visit www.peiplay.com, or call 1-800-463-4PEI.