Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Career Cluster
Program of Study: Animal Science (Vet Assisting)
8147V Veterinary Medical Applications (two credits) Grades: 11-12
Prerequisite Recommended: Small Animal Management and/or Livestock Production
Vet Med provides an introduction to animal care, handling, health, safety, sanitation, surgical preparation, anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology. Students may be eligible to take the Certified Veterinary Assisting (CVA) exam offered through the Texas Veterinary Medical Association. Upon successful completion of the exam students will need to properly document an additional 300 hours of clinical experience.
8148V Vet Assisting (two credits) Grade: 12
Prerequisite: Veterinary Medical Applications
Students must provide their own transportation for the internship.
Vet Assisting includes the opportunity for students to participate in a non-paid internship at a veterinary clinic or animal shelter where they may acquire hours needed to complete and obtain their CVA certification. The additional 300 hours must be supervised by a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) and completed within one calendar year of taking the CVA exam.
Why take Vet Med and what type of experience will students gain?
For students who are interested in the animal science field, this is an opportunity to gain knowledge and experience caring for a variety of animal breeds. Students will learn proper medical terminology and important safety and sanitation standards. During lab time our students practice various handling and restraint techniques on real animals, as well as how to take vitals, and grooming procedures. Lab activities also include dissecting and labeling organs and how to take and analyze fecal, urine and blood samples. During their 2nd year, students have the opportunity to participate in a nonpaid internship at either a Vet clinic or animal shelter to further practice skills learned in class. On Fridays our Vet lab is open to the public to bring in their dogs to be groomed by both 1st and 2nd year students for a small fee. This gives all of our students another chance at hands-on experience.
What types of jobs can you do in the Animal Science industry?
- Veterinary Technician
- Veterinary Assistant
- Animal Trainer
- Agriculture Teacher
- Breed Analyst
- Companion Animal Therapy Specialist
Can you earn a certification while taking Veterinary courses at MCTC?
Yes. After the completion of Veterinary Medical Applications students who demonstrate the required skills/competencies are eligible to take the Certified Veterinary Assisting (CVA) exam offered through the Texas Veterinary Medical Association. During Vet Assisting students have the opportunity to acquire the 300 hours necessary to obtain the CVA certification by participating in a nonpaid internship. The 300 hours must be supervised by a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) and completed within one calendar year of taking the CVA exam.