Course Overview

This program prepares students for a wide range of careers related to animal care and veterinary science.  The driving objective of the course is client education in order to allow students to effectively recall and communicate with others on the practice care and management of different species of animals. 

Topics of study include: animal health and disease, nutrition, reproduction, parasitology, anatomy and physiology, and animal behavior. Students work with a variety of companion and production animals to enhance their skills in animal handling, care and management.  Students will perform clinical procedures that are commonly performed at veterinary clinics and learn the technical skills to operate and manage a dog grooming clinic. Leadership opportunities are available in this class through the local chapter of the National Student Leadership Organization, FFA (Future Farmers of America), where students participate in leadership training, workshops and national conferences.  
Animals in the Animal Science classroom are used as educational tools in the program.  Animal care and grooming clinics are implemented to help students to learn standard operating procedures by following written protocols, documentation, team work, problem solving, and verbal communication/instruction in a professional work environment.

Course Content

  • Animal anatomy and physiology

  • Animal genetics and reproduction

  • Clinical exams

  • Hospital procedures

  • Parasitology

  • Office management

  • Laboratory techniques

  • Animal nutrition

  • Basic and advanced grooming

  • Animal behavior

  • Animal handling and restraint

  • Exotic animal husbandry

  • Animal nomenclature

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Career Opportunities

  • Veterinary Assistant

  • Animal Laboratory Assistant

  • Pet Groomer

  • Animal Shelter Worker

  • Pet Salesperson

  • Animal Caretaker

  • Veterinarian

  • Dairy Manager

  • Kennel Assistant

  • Herds Manager

  • Veterinary Technician

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College Agreements

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Concurrent Enrollment Credits

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Genesee Community College

VET 100: Veterinary Technology Orientation (1 credit)

VET 101: Introduction to Veterinary Technology (2 credits)