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Bay Area Equine Vet Camp

  • Walnut Creek, CA
  • Camp Type: Overnight, Day
  • Age of Campers: 10 - 18
  • Gender of Campers: Coed
  • Year Established: 2014

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2015 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. 2015 BAE Vet Camp will be an entirely new experience for  returning students, who will enjoy reconnecting with 2014 camp friends and mentors, and delight in new friends from around the globe, mentors, activities, and workshop locations in 2015!

BAE Vet Camp includes exclusive workshops at University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine; Stanford University Red Barn Equestrian Center; Peninsula Equine Medical Center; University of California, Berkeley; Borges Ranch; and Sherman Ranch (Pleasanton, 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 Jr. 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, cardiology, oncology, dermatology, and regenerative medicine using stem cells. In the hospital’s wet lab, sponsored by Vetrix (the gold standard in biological regenerative veterinary medicine), Dr. Textor will discuss various aspects and challenges of tissue healing and demonstrate the use of Vetrix regenerative products.

In other workshops, students will learn about horse breeding, horse racing, and polo; create a company logo; visit Mount Diablo to survey its plants, animals, and geology; maintain a journal; and learn writing tips.

In teams, students will design an equine medical center or dream equestrian center, build robot sea horses (remotely operated vehicles) and maneuver them underwater, and research and debate controversial equine veterinary issues. The equine product inventor series, with mentor Ronald Rohde, Esq., a patent attorney and inventor with Inventor Alliance, is designed to inspire students’ imagination and creativity, challenging them to invent an equine product, then learn the processes for patenting, marketing, and selling the product.

Students will meet and help rehabilitate 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.


In addition to Dr. Jamie Textor and Ronald Rohde, 2015 BAE Vet Camp mentors and guest lecturers include Jill Sherman, Arabian horse breeder; Nick LaDuke, professional cowboy and champion saddle bronc specialist; Cathy Remick, San Francisco Bay Area designer, architect, and author, Amara Morrison, board member of Save Mount Diablo; Carlee Scheinfeld, teacher, youth advocate, and nature awareness and reflection mentor; and Joan Morris, wildlife writer and artist. Guest lecturers also include an equine dentist, professional jockey, professional polo player, and scientist.

The far-reaching hands-on, interactive curriculum is challenging and dynamic; 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. Students will be shuttled in the Bay Area Equestrian Club SUV for the very short trip between Borges Ranch and the BAE Stables.

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 campers.

Registration Options & Discounts

The seven-day Bay Area Equine Vet Camp offers both Commuter and Residential registration options, with Super Saver discounts.

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