Veterinary Careers

High School Credits

4 credits per semester, Counts as a Directed Elective or Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

Course Description

For Students

We learn skills that would further our knowledge in the Veterinary field such as:

  • Bringing in and working with animals
  •  Medical Terminology
  • Proper Hand Washing
  • Clinicals
  • Medical Math
  • Diseases and Parasites
  • Labs
  • Grooming Techniques
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Clinical Experience

You will also have the opportunity to be involved with our Health Science Student Organization (HOSA), where you will learn about leadership, competitive events, and much more!

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For Parents

5211 Veterinary Careers I is a lab intensive course that introduces students to animal care and veterinary medicine while using field experiences to attain necessary skills. Students will learn and demonstrate standard protocols used in veterinary careers. This course also provides students with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed to make the transition from school to work in health science careers, including self analysis to aid in career selection, job seeking and job maintenance skills, personal management skills, and completion of the application process for admission into a post secondary program. Participation in HOSA or FFA encourages development of leadership, communication, community service and career related skills. Veterinary Careers II is designed as an extended laboratory experience at the student's choice of clinical site; usually clinics, animal hospitals, or research laboratories, designed to provide students the opportunity to assume the role of a veterinary assistant and practice technical skills previously learned in the classroom, including information on the health care system and employment opportunities at a variety of entry levels, an overview of the health care delivery systems, health care teams and legal and ethical considerations. It prepares students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes essential for providing basic care in extended care facilities, hospitals and home health agencies under the direction of licensed veterinarians. In addition students will learn skills for monitoring and caring for animals before and after surgery, maintain and sterilize surgical instruments, clean and disinfect kennels and operating rooms, provide emergency first aid to animals, give medication, do routine lab tests, feed and bathe animals, and collect fluid or tissue samples. This course also provides students with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed to make the transition from school to work in health science careers, including self analysis to aid in career selection, job seeking and job maintenance skills, personal management skills, and completion of the application process for admission into a post secondary program. Participation in HOSA or FFA encourages development of leadership, communication, community service and career related skills.

5212Veterinary Careers II is designed as an extended laboratory experience at the student's choice of clinical site; usually clinics, animal hospitals, or research laboratories, designed to provide students the opportunity to assume the role of a veterinary assistant and practice technical skills previously learned in the classroom, including information on the health care system and employment opportunities at a variety of entry levels, an overview of the health care delivery systems, health care teams and legal and ethical considerations. It prepares students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes essential for providing basic care in extended care facilities, hospitals and home health agencies under the direction of licensed veterinarians. In addition students will learn skills for monitoring and caring for animals before and after surgery, maintain and sterilize surgical instruments, clean and disinfect kennels and operating rooms, provide emergency first aid to animals, give medication, do routine lab tests, feed and bathe animals, and collect fluid or tissue samples. This course also provides students with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed to make the transition from school to work in health science careers, including self analysis to aid in career selection, job seeking and job maintenance skills, personal management skills, and completion of the application process for admission into a post secondary program. Participation in HOSA or FFA encourages development of leadership, communication, community service and career related skills.

Pathway

Dual Credit Institution

vincennes

Dual Credit Courses

HIMT 110

Potential Careers/Salary

Veterinary Assistant - $22,040 per year Veterinary Technician - $29,710 per year Veterinarian - $82,040 per year (#32 HOOSIER HOT 50) Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/

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