The Veterinary Assistant Program is housed at Central High School in District 301. It is a 3-year program available to students entering 10th grade. Students will gain hands-on experience working with live animals in the classroom and during clinical hours in a veterinary office.
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Introduction to Agricultural Science
10th Grade or Department Chair Approval / 1 Period / Prerequisites: None
Classroom topics for this course will cover the basic concepts in all areas of agriculture that include: animal science, plant and soil science, horticulture, agribusiness, mechanics, and alternative energy.
Veterinary Assistant 1
11th Grade or Department Chair Approval / 2 Periods / Prerequisites: Intro to Agricultural Science & C or better in Chemistry
The major areas of emphasis include breeds of animals, growth and development, chicken embryology, animal behavior, reproduction, digestive systems, animal waste, genetics, nutrition, posology, veterinary equipment, veterinary office practices, and animal restraint. This course is designed to lay the foundation of veterinary knowledge needed to get into Veterinary Assistant 2 and students will need to complete observation hours with a clinic as one of the requirements necessary for the Veterinary Assistant Certificate. Live animals will be handled in class for educational purposes.
Veterinary Assistant 2
12th Grade or Department Chair Approval / 2 Periods / Prerequisites: Veterinary Assistant 1
Topics covered include small and companion animal industry, animal health, animal pharmaceuticals, animal grooming, anatomy, and physiology. Students taking this course will need to complete observation hours with a clinic as one of the requirements necessary for the Veterinary Assistant Certificate, which may be earned at the conclusion of the course. Live animals will be handled in class for educational purposes.
Vet Assistant Facility Photos
Contact Kerri McCastland, District 301 Director of College and Career Readiness at 847-464-6005 or via email at email@example.com.