Once again this year the Erie County Fair will be offering their popular Vet Camp.  It's a chance for young people to work with veterinarians and animals to learn how to treat and handle farm animals.  It's an opportunity for children 11-14 years old who might aspire to become veterinarians to get hands on training.

The half-day sessions will focus on three areas;

Pet Wellness and First Aid - children will learn about pet welfare and what to do in an emergency situation.  They'll learn how to perform CPR on a pet, what to look for when a pet isn't feeling well and the kinds of things that should be included in a pet home first aid kit.

Dairy Cow Health - children will learn about the work and duties of a Farm Animal Veterinarian, how they administer medication and how they treat animals including how to take their vitals (heart, temperature and respiratory).

Small Farm Animals - how to approach and handle sheep and goats, how to check for healthy digestion, respiration and proper nutrition.  Children will work one on one with an animal.

This year there are three sessions.  It's first come, first served.  The dates are;

  • Tuesday, August 14th
  • Wednesday, August 15th
  • and Thursday, August 16th

Each session is limited to 30 children at a cost of $10.00 each.  The fee includes a Vet Camp t-shirt, lunch and a vet supplies goodie bag.

Applications are online at Erie County Fair Vet Camp and must be postmarked by Monday, May 7th.  For questions, call the Fair Office at 716-649-3900 ext. 6499 or by email aklein@ecfair.org.