Veterinary Science

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Vet Science is a science program. It goes beyond the cute and fuzzy to the anatomy and physiology. To be prepared for a career in vet science, take rigorous science courses beyond Biology I and Chemistry I. Admission into college programs in the veterinary sciences is very competitive. To increase your chances, work toward an Academic Honors Diploma and a Technical Honors Diploma.

Course Instructor: Melody Warner

A Typical Student in Veterinary Science:

The typical student is a solid academic student interested in a career in the veterinary industry. Students in the program enjoy lab work, including dissections and sample analysis. Students spend time studying the anatomy and physiology of animals and learning medical terminology. Students run a grooming clinic on Wednesdays so that they learn appropriate animal handling, general examination techniques, office procedures, record keeping, time management, and customer service. Students rotate among roles to learn leadership and responsibility. Almost all students plan to continue their education at the post-secondary level.

In the Past 5 Years

  • Students have gone on to attend Purdue, Ohio State, Findlay, Western Kentucky, IUPUI, IBC, and Harrison
  • Two students have been admitted into the new 4-year Veterinary Technology program at Purdue (in a class of 30)

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  • Veterinary Science I

    Veterinary Careers I

    Students are provided skills and experience in the veterinary field through classroom, an on-site clinic lab, and job-shadowing. Experiences can be tailored from small to large animal interests. The on-site lab provides grooming services to the public as well as a vaccination clinic twice a year. Curriculum includes basic animal care, veterinary/medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, lab techniques and procedures, nutrition, grooming techniques, CPR and first aid, and practical skills applicable to the industry. Classroom visits by those in the industry and off-site exploration add to the educational experience. Students completing the program usually continue their education in 2 and 4-year programs in veterinary technology or other related careers. Completing this program has met the university requirement of documenting one year of experience caring for animals required to enter veterinary medicine programs.

    Dual College Credits:

    ANSC 106 Animal Science - Purdue 3 credits - Pre-requisites are required. Qualifies for THD Priority Dual Credits. Offered in Veterinary Careers I.

    Industry Certifications:

    AALAS (American Association for Laboratory Animal Science)  - Testing is required and fees apply.

    CPR/AED Professional Rescuer Certification - Testing is required and fees apply.


    How to Prepare

    The following courses will help prepare students for college veterinary science programs and a career in the animal industry. These courses are not required but are recommended if available. The courses may not be offered in every high school.

    • Biology II or AP Biology
    • Chemistry II or AP Biology
    • Anatomy & Physiology

    What You Will Learn

    • Learn animal anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology
    • Gain experience in animal handling and grooming
    • Study large and small animal disease and infection control
    • Complete job shadows in local animal clinics
    • Earn dual credit and industry certification

    Course Information

    • Number of High School Credits: 6
    • Prerequisites: None
    • Eligible Grade Levels: 11, 12
    • New Castle High School
    • Required Cost: Approximately $250.00 Covers: Uniforms, Lab Fees, Dual Credits, and Certification.
  • Veterinary Science II

    Veterinary Careers II

    The number of second year students accepted depends on the number of clinical sites available. In addition to classroom work, second-year students complete internships at local animal care sites and earn clinical hours required for certification. Students completing the program usually continue their education in 2 and 4-year programs in veterinary technology or other related careers. Completing this program has met the university requirement of documenting one year of experience caring for animals required to enter veterinary medicine programs.

    Dual College Credits:

    HIMT 110 Medical Terminology - Vincennes University 3 credits - Testing is required and fees apply. Qualifies for THD Priority Dual Credits. Offered in Veterinary Careers II.

    Industry Certifications:

    TVMA (Texas Veterinary Medical Association) Veterinary Assisting Certification  - Testing is required and fees apply. Qualifies for THD.

    AALAS (American Association for Laboratory Animal Science)  - Testing is required and fees apply. Offered in Veterinary Careers I and/or II.

    What You Will Learn

    • Learn animal anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology
    • Study large and small animal disease and infection control
    • Complete internships in local animal clinics
    • Earn dual credit and industry certification

    Course Information

    • Number of High School Credits: 6
    • Prerequisites: None
    • Eligible Grade Levels: 12
    • New Castle High School
    • Required Cost: Approximately $125.00 Covers: Certification.