One-Week Summer Day Program for
Pre-High School Students

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Get to know your furry friends! 

Our pet med program is a fun and exciting way for students to learn what it takes to be a veterinarian. Students will get to explore interesting methods of diagnosis, including how to detect pain through physical examinations, as well as how to analyze imaging from XRays, MRIs, and CT scans.

Students learn through hands on activities and practice skills that are required to prevent diagnosis and treat injuries and illness in animals. Students will also get the opportunity to perform mock surgeries, set bones, and research common afflictions such as rabies, and distemper.

Class quite literally comes to life in this program!



July 29- August 2, 2024 | Gann/ Bentley, Waltham

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Students will have access veterinary kits and use it as a tool throughout this program.  This kit includes:

  • Stuffed dog and cat “patients” 
  • Charts for wellness checks to track your pets progress
  • The dreaded cone
  • Various instruments relating to pet wellness


We’ve all seen these cones, but what do they mean? Why would a pet wear this? What conditions does it support?

Our pets are sometimes born with a slew of genetic conditions that require medication.  This course will review some of the common conditions and how to solve them.

Too cool for (obedience) school?!  Behavioral problems are so common among pets.  What causes them?  What are some common remedies? 

Using stuffed animals, students will set ”broken bones” and administer a series of tests and exams.

We can’t forget about our smaller furry friends!  Beyond cats and dogs, this class will cover smaller pets like hamsters, fish and more!

What happens when a pet goes to the vet? Learn about the common practices during wellness checks!

S1 Instructor: Dr. Janel Kydd Jadia

Dr. Kydd earned her B.S. in Pre-Veterinary Studies from the University of New Hampshire. She then went on to earn her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell where she is currently an Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. 

S2 Instructor: Jenny Michlich

Jenny is a Ph.D. Candidate at Harvard University, where they are currently a Research Technician in the Evolutionary Neuroscience Laboratory in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology. They are working on neuroanatomical projects related to domestication and evolution of neural structures in Carnivora. They were previously a Research Assistant in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh where they worked on a project related to the cortical control of the muscles of voice and breathing in a primate model.

Student Comments from Summer 2023

‘I learned a lot and the teachers were very nice. I loved the hands-on activities like drawing blood, making casts, dissecting fish, etc.’

‘I love how we got to practice doing real life things vets do. For example, we practiced stitching fake wounds and gave fake dogs CPR. My teacher was super nice and very considerate.’

‘I liked the hands-on part of it. I really liked Mrs. Jenny because she made sure to explain each topic we went through in-depth so that everyone in the class could enjoy the activities, while also understanding them.’

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