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Veterinary Assisting

This course provides instruction for students desiring a career in animal medicine.    Topics include proper veterinary practice management and client relations, pharmacy and laboratory procedure, enhancement of animal care learned in previous animal courses, and surgical/radiological procedures.  Advanced FFA leadership will be infused throughout the curriculum to develop the student's ability to work with the public.  All aspects of this course will have hands-on skill sets that will be enforced.
This includes the option of  500 hours (200 laboratory/classroom hands-on hours and 300 under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian or certified veterinary technician) working in animal medicine throughout all animal courses in high school. The students will complete the skills and have them checked off during the 1-3 year(s) of high school. Applied mathematics, science, writing, and skill sets are integrated throughout the curriculum.


Each student should bring to class the following:



       -Writing Utensil (pen or pencil)


Students will abide by the class rules at all times.

1. Listen and follow directions.

2. Keep your hands, feet and objects to yourself.

3. Abstain from behavior that inhibits learning.

4. Remain in your seat.

5. Treat others with respect.

6. Bring materials to class.

7. Smile and have fun!

Course Outline:

  1.  Veterinary Practice Management/Client Relations

      2. Pharmacy and Laboratory Procedures

       3. Animal Care and Management

       4.  Surgical and Radiological Procedures

Agricultural students are expected to join the FFA.  It is an intracurricular activity and will be an integral part of the class.  FFA dues are $13.


Agricultural students will be required to complete a Supervised Agricultural Experience project.

Grading Scale:

Six weeks grades will be calculated from tests, quizzes, class work, homework, and writing assignments.

A 90-100

B 80-89

C 70-79

D 60-69

F 0-59

Final Grade will be determined by 1st six weeks grade, 2nd six weeks grade, 3rd six weeks grade, Final Exam, FFA, and SAE.

How to Achieve Success:

In order to be successful in Animal Science I, students must be able to listen during class and follow the class rules.  In addition, students should complete and turn in all assignments.  Also,students need to review their notes and assignments before each test.  If a student has any questions or concerns, they should feel free to let me know.  I will be more than willing to help.

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