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Up close and personal with animals

Reported by: Robert Byers
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Updated: 6/06/2013 5:10 pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Don't let the fake animals scare you!

They certainly don't young people who are learning about drawing blood from a rat!

There are also lessons on how to wrap a horse or dogs leg.

We're talking about MSU's Vet Camp, where 13 to 15 year old students interested in the field of veterinary medicine, participate in interactive labs which are taught by vet school students and instructors.

Vet student Kristin Teague said, "They learn how to intubate, which is where they put a tube down the throat of a cat or dog, for doing CPR. They learn how to do CPR. They look at ECG machines, anesthesia machines and this was all just one lab."

This camp goes beyond just the basics.

Sessions include looking at X-rays and other things they may not realize that go on inside a vet's office and what they will learn at vet school if they decide to attend.

Teague said, "This is some stuff I haven't even gotten to do yet. I won't do it for another year or two. The professors have come from the clinics to give a taste."

There's a big demand to attend Vet Camp. Students have to apply for it. They come from Mississippi and other states.

Olivia Bolton from Tennessee said, "I have a dog and a cat. I've learned a lot from this."

Eva Pouncey from Arkansas said, "What attracts me to this is being able to help animals, to help them get better, and to live."

Organizers say they're counting on that enthusiasm and passion for animals seen here at Vet Camp will only continue for these young people.

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