Students enrolled in the school's new Veterinary Science program will understand the fundamentals of animal science, be introduced to a variety of species, breeds, and characteristics (both large and small animal), compare animal anatomy and physiology, research animal disease and prevention, and study genetics, breeding and reproduction of domestic animals. Working and learning in the school’s new Veterinary Science Training Center & Community Clinic, these students will be introduced to all aspects of a comprehensive veterinary medicine practice, and will earn college credits and industry-recognized certifications throughout the course of study.
In addition to studying the veterinary sciences, students in their Sophomore year of study will will also develop skills necessary to work in the pet grooming industry. The on-site clinic is also home to a a grooming salon, which will serve as a training site for students as they brush and bathe small animals, safely store and maintain all grooming equipment, perform specialized cuts, and demonstrate advanced animal grooming skills.
Students in their Junior and Senior year of study will work side-by-side with veterinarians in the school’s on-site veterinary clinic, where they will demonstrate the ability to safely store and distribute pharmaceutical materials, observe surgical procedures, and position patients for a variety of radiological procedures. In addition, Juniors and Seniors will work closely with the veterinary clinic Office Manager, developing skills necessary to effectively manage a veterinary office setting, including:
- Scheduling appointments
- Maintaining inventory, restocking and rotating supplies
- Communicating professionally with customer, vendors, and other industry professionals in person, and electronically
- Admitting and discharging patients
- Maintaining comprehensive patient medical records
- Handling cash, check and charge transactions
Program graduates will be prepared for both college and career pathways upon graduation. Because the field of veterinary care is so broad, career pathways and required training associated with selected pathways, vary tremendously. As a result, students entering the workforce may pursue a number of occupations, either after high school or completing higher educational programs, that include:
- Administrative Support in Clinics and Hopistlas
- Animal Care and Service Workers
- Shelter Care and Medicine
- Veterinary Assistants
- Veterinary Technicians
- Surgical Technologists