Teen’s determination results in low-cost veterinary camp
Dr. Bhavsar and Jasmine during his demonstration.
Jasmine Roosa knew when she was a toddler that she wanted to be a "vegetarian." Of course, she meant "veterinarian" -- she was just still too young to pronounce the word.
at 16, she hasn't wavered from a plan that began before she was talking clearly.
She's worked at a vet clinic since she
was 13. She's attended veterinary camps every year since she was in the 7th
this year - with the help of a host of others including Reid Health's Community Benefit department and the Reid
Health Residency Program - she organized a weeklong veterinary camp at her
school. It was an amazing feat for someone who is still a couple of years from
college. "I decided I wanted to make a veterinary camp here for the kids around
this area who are interested in the profession or enjoy working with animals,"
So with the help of her stepmom, Kara Roosa, she spent well over 100 hours planning
the weeklong camp at Northeastern school for only $50 a participant. She
secured the Northeastern FFA as a sponsor. Her principal got involved. She
rounded up 10 presenters, including veterinarians and a Reid Health physician.
Businesses donated prizes and gifts. Five veterinary colleges helped out.
called the event the SPARK Jr. Vet Camp, named "for the qualities I believe are
important to becoming a strong veterinarian and individual:"
- S -- Self. Self-confidence is an important step for anyone in life
- P -- Pursue. Being willing to pursue your path or dream.
- A -- Achieve. Actively achieving your set goals.
- R -- Responsibility. Fulfilling your commitments to school, family and community.
- K -- Knowledge. You have to be willing to gain the knowledge necessary to be a veterinarian and your best self.
"So many people, businesses and colleges helped make this camp possible." Her mom Claire Baker was a camp leader and donated supplies. Her dad, Chris Roosa, helped her practice her own presentations. And she made it affordable. For comparison, one of the closest such camps she knows about is two hours away and costs almost $1,000. "I wanted a low-cost camp available to kids in this area."
Reid Health's involvement included Jay Bhavsar, D.O., who led a suturing training session that involved stuffed animals and then a demonstration using a sheep heart. This presentation was special to him -- doing a sheep heart dissection when he was in high school is what sealed his decision to go into medicine. So he knew first-hand the power of impressions and experiences for young minds.
"It touched me, knowing the part that played
in my own career choice," says Dr. Bhavsar, who is enrolled in the Reid Health Family Medicine Residency
"If someone has that moment, like I did, it can be life-changing."
event in June involved more than 20 Northeastern students grades 6 through 11, over
a five day schedule with presentations about animal exams, the costs of owning
a pet, pet first aid, equine dentistry, multiple case studies and more.
with the camp was that when campers left, they would have a better
understanding of the veterinary profession," says Jasmine. "And we 100 percent
are planning on doing the camp next year, opening it to students across the