6 March 2010
Taking a behind-the-scenes tour of Bondi Vet TV show’s home - the Small Animal Specialist Hospital (SASH) in Sydney - is the highlight for many kids at Future Vet Kids Camp, which runs during the summer holidays in January. But one lucky campgoer will have a private tour and morning tea with Bondi Vet veterinarians Dr Lisa Chimes and Dr Andrew Marchevsky, plus hands-on experience with furry patients and ‘future vet’ tips from the vets.
“The best part of my job is being part of the relationship between an animal and their owner. I love watching the joy that arises when a previously sick animal is reunited with their family,” says Dr Chimes.
“Even though I love my job, there are definitely highs and lows that come with being a vet. We see a lot of sad cases and deal with grief and loss on a daily basis. We work very long hours and it can be very stressful, particularly because people are very emotional about their pets. But it is the happy endings and the animals we save that makes being a vet one of the best jobs in the world!”
Probably why Bondi Vet is such a popular show, especially with kids! “Bondi Vet is not only entertainment – it’s education!” says Dr Chimes.
“The vets on the show are there because we want to teach people about their pet’s health and encourage responsible pet ownership. Kids are drawn to the show because they often have a deep empathy towards animals and are keen to learn how to look after their pets. I love meeting the Future Vet Kids Camp kids and I am very excited to meet the winner of the competition to show them around our wonderful hospital.”
To enter Future Vet Kids Camp’s ‘Morning Tea with Bondi Vet Stars Competition’, visit www.futurevetkidscamp.com.au.
What is Future Vet Kids Camp?
The Future Vet Kids Camp teaches nine to 16-year-olds about working with animals in a fun, educational and up-close-and-personal setting, inspiring them to make a difference in the world from a young age. The camp is run by Canadian veterinarian Dr Scott Bainbridge, popular for his regular appearance on the TV show Animal House Calls on Animal Planet. He loves to share his passion for 'the greatest job in the world' and seeing kids get excited about pursuing their dream to work with animals.
"It is important that children learn to respect and have compassion for animals. We need to teach them especially now in this age of climate change and dwindling habitats," says Dr Bainbridge. "Children who are kind to animals and appreciate their diversity also learn to value one another as adults."
Operating out of the Waverley College Junior Campus in Waverley, Future Vet Kids Camp runs every January for two weeks and is split into three separate programs running simultaneously each week: Wombats (9 - 11-year-olds), Kookaburras (12 - 14-year-olds) and the Junior Vet program (14 - 16-year-olds).
The 2015 schedule is packed with fun and educational talks by veterinarians, behaviourists and staff from animal rescue, reptile, small animal and canine sports groups - from prominent animal behaviourist Dr Joanne Righetti to a demonstration by Assistance Dogs Australia - as well as guided tours at facilities, such as the Small Animal Specialist Hospital (home of Bondi Vet), Camden Teaching Hospital, Cat Protection Society, Featherdale Wildlife Park, Animal Welfare League and much more!
Future Vet Kids Camp an inspiration to kids
Fourteen-year-old Roisin Sullivan attended the camp four times and every year is equally excited about learning more and seeing more of the things that are involved in being a veterinarian.
"I really enjoyed the anatomy lesson and the case studies where you work through an actual case that a vet would deal with in an ordinary day," says Roisin. "I learned heaps of things, such as about the benefits of desexing pets or how many dogs and cats need homes; it's incredible how much you can learn in just one week!"
Year 8 student Calum Danger's favourite part of the Camp was suturing a banana and taking blood from a model dog's vein. "The highlight for me was when we went on a guided tour of SASH and witnessed eye surgery on a cat!" he says.
Calum's father Michael Danger said the kids who attended Future Vet Kids Camp may not all go onto becoming vets, but their knowledge of animals and variety of careers with animals has grown, and wonderful new friendships are formed.
2015 Future Vet Kids Camp Registration
The next Future Vet Kids Camp will run from January 5 - 9 & 12 - 16, 2015. Cost is $525 + GST. For a full description and daily schedule of the programs and to register, please visit www.futurevetkidscamp.com.au for online registration.
This year, Future Vet Kids Camp is proud to announce the 'PetSure Scholarship' for two deserving participants. PetSure is Australia's leading provider of pet health insurance products. For more information, selection criteria and how to apply, please visit the Camp website.
Future Vet Kids Camp provides a unique camp experience that educates, inspires and entertains children of ages 9 to 16. It offers a safe, comfortable environment that explores and nurtures the human animal bond all under the supervision of highly qualified, enthusiastic instructors and specialised animal handlers. The goals are to promote responsible pet ownership, the profession of veterinary medicine and to encourage the children to love and appreciate animals of all kind. The camp has more than 20 partners that offer years of specialised animal experience and professionalism that contributes greatly to the programming. To discover more, visit www.futurevetkidscamp.com.au