Veterinary SciencePA Department of Labor High Priority Occupation!
This program is a great fit for students with a passion for animals and a desire to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Students are prepared through hands-on experiences and instruction to work in a wide variety of careers within veterinary medicine, including kennel worker, veterinary assistant, veterinary technician and veterinarian. Through this program, students are prepared to be successful in their post-secondary pursuits as well as entering directly into the workforceSample Career SkillsBeginner:
- Review proper animal handling, restraint and husbandry techniques, such as: removing animals from a cage, gender ID, feeding, watering and cleaning various animals
- Learn basic grooming techniques, such as: brushing and combing, bathing, cleaning ears, trimming nails and brushing teeth
- Learn how to properly take animal history and report chief complaints
- Calculate dosage and administer medications orally and via ears and eyes
- Review surgical assisting processes for patients, surgeon prep, instruments and bandaging techniques
- Learn about lab skills to analyze urine, feces and blood
Certifications (5)Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician Certificate (ALAT) by the American Association for Laboratory Animal ScienceCareerSafe OSHA-10 General Industry (healthcare)FEMA Animals in Disasters Certificate--Awareness & Preparedness--Community PlanningFEMA Livestock in Disasters CertificateHills Veterinary Nutrition AdvocatePurina Daily Nutrition Matters Nutrition 101, 201, 301 Certificate
College Credits (3)Open Dual Enrollment CreditsDelaware County Community CollegeSOAR CreditsHarcum College1:1 Articulation CreditsDelaware Valley UniversityHarcum CollegeClick here for more information on opportunities to earn college credit.
Workplace OpportunitiesUpperclassmen 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.