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 College
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.