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    PA Department of Labor High Priority Occupation!
    This program prepares students for successful employment in the field of veterinary medicine in entry-level positions at private veterinary practices, animal hospitals, biomedical research facilities, pharmaceutical companies, diagnostic laboratories and the military. Students interact with animals in and out of the classroom, job shadow and attend clinics with local veterinarians. The Veterinary Science program is designed to prepare students for a post-secondary education with an emphasis on science. Students should possess a strong academic foundation and have at least a 3.0 GPA.
    Program Concentrations: 
    • Animal First Aid and CPR
    • Biology, anatomy, physiology, pathology, reproduction, genetics and nutrition
    • Laboratory skills
    • Preventative medicine and disease control
    Veterinary care, monitoring and surgical preparation 
    Career Options:

    You can become a veterinary assistant, technician or technologist, lab animal technician, surgical technician, veterinary office manager, kennel manager, grooming salon manager, veterinary hospital manager or veterinarian.

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    Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician Certificate (ALAT) by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science
    CareerSafe OSHA-10 General Industry (healthcare)
    FEMA Animals in Disasters Certificate
    --Awareness & Preparedness
    --Community Planning
    FEMA Livestock in Disasters Certificate
    Hills Veterinary Nutrition Advocate
    Purina Daily Nutrition Matters Nutrition 101, 201, 301 Certificate
    Open Dual Enrollment Credits
    Delaware County Community College
    SOAR Credits
    Harcum College
    1:1 Articulation Credits
    Delaware Valley University
    Harcum College
    Click here for more information on opportunities to earn college credit.
    Upperclassmen may be hired at local companies, such as Colebrook Manor Animal Hospital, West Chester Animal Hospital and Animal Resorts, Inc. Co-ops allow students to work during their school day, earn real-world experience and build their resumes.
    The Department of Education provides a CIP Code to approved Programs of Study (POS).  Schools and postsecondary institutions use the CIP code to categorize the POS, outline the scope and sequence of educational offerings and develop a POS task list. Click here to review the task list.