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Veterinary Science

Veterinary Science is an introductory course into the field of veterinary medicine. Students will explore various careers in veterinary science and learn specific skills as a veterinary assistant. This class teaches small animal health care and how to assist the veterinarian with routine examinations, procedures, handling, and feeding.

The purpose of the Veterinary Science course is to:

  1. explore careers in veterinary medicine
  2.  teach specific skills of a veterinary assistant
  3.  experience cooperative training as a veterinary Assistant
  4.  prepare students to pursue an associate degree to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician.
  5.  prepare students to further their college education with a pre-vet undergraduate degree and to apply to a school of veterinary medicine.

 Instruction Includes:

  • Safe animal handling
  • Breeds and species
  • Anatomy, physiology and treatment
  • Proper feeding and nutrition
  • Animal grooming
  • Administering medications
  • Understanding disease and prevention
  • Kennel maintenance and cleaning
  • Pet first aid
  • Patient/ client relationships

Desirable Aptitudes
Applications should have a genuine concern for the care and well being of small animals. They should have a good background in science (especially biology), with a desire for continuing education. Students must also have the aptitude to deal with some of the unpleasantness in working with animals. Good people skills along with positive attitude are necessary in dealing with owners and their cherished pets.

Career Information
Entry- level jobs include veterinary assistant, animal- care worker and office receptionist. There is a great demand for qualified vet assistants in the metro Richmond area. Other opportunities are in the areas of pet retail, grooming, kennels, and boarding. Associate degree level positions include: licensed veterinary technician, medical office manager, and lab technician. University majors in animal science, biology, and pre-vet course work are recommended to prepare for application to a college of veterinary medicine. This class is your first step to becoming a Licensed Veterinary Technician or a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

Volunteer and Work Experience
Students are encouraged to participate in veterinary -related community service. These voluntary hours can be arranged by the school at locations such as: the Richmond S.P.C.A., the Maymont Foundation, Henrico Humane Society, B.A.R.K. (Bandit’s Adoption & Rescue of K-9’s), the Animal Adoption and Rescue Foundation and various kennels and doggy daycares. Job shadowing with local veterinary clinics and hospitals is encouraged after school hours. Cooperative work experience with local veterinarians during class can be arranged and coordinated by the teacher, with the help of the local veterinary community.

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