Any kid would love a career that involves dogs, cats and the occasional otter, as a veterinarian proved during a recent Career Camp at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
St. Jude patients were fascinated by the vet’s stories and videos about his work and life, including tales of his own pets, a three-legged dog and dwarf hamster, as well as the animals his clinic has rescued — ranging from a wayward otter to a wounded hawk.
The week-long Career Camp was part of the special summer camp activities offered each year by the St. Jude School Program. The school also has an Art Camp and a Science Camp for patients on different weeks and, this year, a one-day-a-week preschool camp was added. The Science Camp is led by staff members from St. Jude laboratories and offers such activities as looking at the DNA of a strawberry.
In addition to the vet visit, this year’s Career Camp included presentations by a meteorologist and an FBI agent, and a field trip to the FedEx St. Jude Classic golf tournament that benefits St. Jude. That field trip also featured an art party and ice cream party with some of the golfers.