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JL Ranch Veterinary Camp

Summer Camp for Future Veterinarians

JL Ranch is a 250 acre ranch on Richland Chambers Reservoir.  Our size and adjacency to the lake make us the perfect place for camp!  Just over an hour South of Dallas - we are easy to reach.

JL Ranch is proud to offer JLR Veterinary Camp.  This overnight summer camp allows campers to truly experience veterinary medicine is under the direction of Dr Jennifer Lavender, who has been a prominent veterinarian in Dallas for over 20 years.

Sessions run from Sunday to Friday in July and August.  Food and lodging are all provided by JLR. 

Our on-site surgery suite provides spay/neuter services to the surrounding communities.  Campers will have the opportunity to work side-by-side with skilled veterinary technicians in all aspects of the hospital.

You will arrive to camp Sunday morning.  Day 1 will consistent of orientation and training sessions.  Every morning, campers will be assigned to an area of the hospital for the day (2 campers/station).  

STATION # 1 - check in/out and medical records

STATION #2 - laboratory/pharmacy technician

STATION #3 - surgery prep

STATION #4 - surgery/anesthesia technician

STATION #5 - recovery/discharge

Time between breakfast and lunch will be spent in the hospital.  After lunch, campers will join the Horse Camp campers and enjoy more conventional camp activities.  All activities provided by and ran by JLR.  More info below!

Cost is $2750/camper.  This fee is paid directly to JLR.  Refunds are available until 2 weeks prior to the start of camp.  


More About JLR Veterinary Camp


JLR Bunk Room

Our upstairs bunkroom has 10 beds - 8 twins (for campers) and 2 fulls (for trainers).

Please note - there are cats on site. Campers with cat allergies are not advised to attend.



The community bathroom next to the bunk room has room for all!  3 sinks, 2 toilets, and 3 showers!


Camp Activities

  • Lakeside swimming

  • Jet Skis

  • Tubing/Skiing

  • Archery

  • Arts & Crafts

  • Splashpad

  • Campfires

  • MORE!

Camp founder was YMCA Camp Grady Spruce camper and counselor for years and a girl scout!

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We currently have a sand arena with a full course of jumps.  Plans to cover the arena are in the works and it will be done in time to provide shade during your lessons.

NOTE - preliminary photo of arena, cover and other upgrades before summer!


Trail Rides

One evening - we will saddle up and take your English horses on a good old fashioned trail ride through the property!  The ride will end up at the water where all (horses too!) will have an opportunity to swim!!

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Photo Shoot

One option for activities is a sunset photo shoot for each of your campers with their horse.  Images are free for download.  Campers should be notified to bring attire for the shoot.


Build Your Own Schedule

We want you to get all you want out of your stay at JLR Horse Camp.  Click the link below to see a possible schedule, but let us help you modify to fit your needs!


Stay Worry Free

All our staff has been certified by Youth Camp Training in prevention of sexual abuse.  ALS lifeguard certified staff will be running waterfront activities.  THHS Youth Camp License pending.  Camp Director is American Red Cross Emergency Response Certified.  Archery is overseen by a level 2 certified archery instructor.

FAMILY RUN - Mom is director, Grandmother is chef, kids are counselors!

NOTE - All trainers participating in camp must also be Youth Camp certified in sexual abuse prevention.

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