Veterinary Science

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Program Overview

The Veterinary Science 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. Upon completion of the program, students may earn the Veterinary Assistant Certificate.

Course Descriptions

Introduction to Agricultural Science

10th Grade or Department Chair Approval  /  1 Period  /  Prerequisites: None

This course will cover the basic concepts in all areas of agriculture, including animal science, plant and soil science, horticulture, agribusiness, mechanics, and alternative energy. In addition to classroom instruction, participation in the National FFA Organization and completion of an SAE project will also be expected.

Veterinary Science 1

11th Grade or Department Chair Approval  /  2 Periods  /  Prerequisites: Intro to Agricultural Science & C or better in Chemistry

This course focuses on 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. In addition to classroom instruction, participation in the National FFA Organization and completion of an SAE project will also be expected. This course is designed to lay the foundation of veterinary knowledge needed to get into Veterinary Science 2 and earn the Veterinary Assistant Certificate. Live animals will be handled and raised in class for educational purposes.

Veterinary Science 2

12th Grade or Department Chair Approval  /  2 Periods  /  Prerequisites: Veterinary Science 1

Topics covered include small and companion animal industry, large animal industry, animal health, animal pharmaceuticals, animal grooming, anatomy, and physiology. In addition to classroom instruction, participation in the National FFA Organization and completion of an SAE project will also be expected. 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 and raised in class for educational purposes.

Have Questions?

Contact Kelly Greene, District 301 CTE Department Chair at 847-464-6030 or via email at kelly.greene@central301.net.