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Veterinary Careers

Instructor:  Mrs. Melanie Mechem (mmechem@acsc.net)
 
 
Prerequisite:
Veterinary Careers I:  None
Veterinary Careers II:  Veterinary Careers I
 
 
Course Description:

Veterinary Careers I is a lab intensive course that introduces students to animal care and veterinary medicine. Through classroom and field experiences, students will attain the necessary skills to demonstrate standard protocols that are 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. Students are encouraged to focus on self-analysis to aid in their career selection. Job seeking and job maintenance skills, personal management skills, and completion of the application process for admission into a post-secondary program are also areas of focus. (3 credits per semester, 2 semester course)

 

Veterinary Careers II is an extended laboratory experience designed to provide students with the opportunity to assume the role of a veterinary assistant, and practice technical skills previously learned in the classroom; all while working at the student’s choice of clinical site and under the direction of licensed veterinarians. These sites may include animal clinics, hospitals or research laboratories. Throughout this course, students will focus on learning about the healthcare system and employment opportunities at a variety of entry levels; an overview of the healthcare delivery systems, healthcare teams and legal and ethical considerations; and obtaining the knowledge, skills and attitudes essential for providing basic care in veterinary clinics, hospitals and other related locations. Additionally, students will learn essential job related skills that include; monitoring and caring for animals before and after surgery; maintaining and sterilizing surgical instruments; cleaning and disinfecting kennels and operating rooms; providing emergency first aid to animals; giving medication to animals; appropriate techniques for collecting specimens and performing routine lab tests; and feeding and bathing animals. This course also provides students with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed to make the transition from school to work in health science careers. Students are encouraged to focus on self-analysis to aid in their career selection. Job seeking and job maintenance skills, personal management skills, and completion of the application process for admission into a post-secondary program are also areas of focus. (3 credits per semester, 2 semester course)

 
Certifications Available:
 
 
Dual Credit:
 
 
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