Have you ever heard of painting a horse? Some east valley students tried it out as part of a lesson in anatomy.
Two horses are these kids' canvas.
“I worked on Tinkerbell, she was fidgety sometimes but most of the time she was pretty relaxed,” says Clodagh Kelly.
A fidgety horse does not make painting easy. Patience is important when you are trying to paint on a horse.
It looks like fun but it’s actually a test. The kids have been studying horse anatomy all week long. Now they have to paint it on the horse.
This is “Camp Vet,” a summer camp sponsored by the Arizona Animal Welfare League. Most of these kids are planning to work with animals as a career. Painting a horse was a surprise.
“It’s probably the last thing I thought I would do here but we learned the inside of a horse and out of the horse,” says Courtney Cordova.
All the kids agreed it was a great lesson.
“I thought it was really cool because instead of just looking at sheets of paper, with drawing we got to see our horse and how it moves,” says Kelly.
It’s a lesson they will remember.
And in case you were wondering, the students were using a non-toxic paint on the horses.Camp Vet Basic is a full-day, hands-on camp for 12- to 17-year-olds that introduces kids to a wide variety of animals and teaches them what it takes to become a veterinarian.
Activities during the camp includes:
· Observing surgeries
· Dissecting organs
· Learning anatomy
· Viewing specimens under microscopes
· Practicing hands-on pet first aid
· Exploring how animal diseases can be very different than those that affect humans
Camp Vet at the AAEC Red Mountain campus
July 15 through 19
Cost: $245 for current AAEC students and AAWL Teen Tracks members
$275 for non-members