Veterinary Science Academy (ages 14-16, July 10-14)

Does your child dream of having a career working with animals? If they love animals and think they might want a future in the field of veterinary medicine, this camp for them!

This week-long session introduces your child to the various careers in veterinary science through an exciting and hands-on program where they’ll be surrounded by professionals in the field who share their passion for animals, health and science. This camp will address real veterinary situations as well as help campers gain an understanding of important topics in veterinary medicine ranging from ethics to management.

Teens will learn about animal behaviors, proper handling techniques, and farm animal care and management. Additionally, campers will study anatomy, physiology, safety and welfare, and do lab work including dissections, first aid and suturing clinics, and CPR techniques, and even take a trip to a local veterinary hospital.

$299 program cost + $50 fee

About the Instructor

April Laskow brings more than twenty years’ experience as a veterinary technician and practice manager in private, small animal veterinary hospitals to Kids U! With degrees in small animal science and education, her camps are informative and engaging. Laskow spent over twenty years as a veterinary technician in private, small animal veterinary hospitals where she also served as a practice manager for several years.

As a veterinary technician and practice manager, she worked with mostly companion animals, such as dogs and cats, but also with exotics and other various pocket pets such as reptiles, birds, rabbits, and rodents. After graduating from DelVal in 2007, Laskow worked for Bristol-Meyers Squibb in Pennington, NJ, as a research scientist in the metabolic disease department, focusing specifically on type 2 diabetes. She was also the robotics training coordinator for the University of Pennsylvania Health System’s Robotic Training Center in Glenolden, PA, where she trained medical doctors in the use and application of The Davinci Robot, which is utilized in many human operating rooms around the world as well as managed the Center’s animal use, protocols, inventory and personnel, and served as the veterinary anesthesia technician.

In 2008, she joined DelVal's animal biotechnology department as a full-time lecturer for Introduction to Small Animal Management. Laskow has been the primary laboratory instructor for this course. She is also a member of the University’s Professional Development Committee, advisor to DelVal's Dance Team, and co-advisor for the Vaulting Team and the Class of 2015. She is also highly involved with the Polish Exchange Program and the International Committee. Laskow is a member of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, including the local branch and the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America.

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