Veterinary Assisting

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    Vanessa Forbes - Instructor

    Ms. Forbes has over 20 years experience working in the veterinary field and five years experience as a veterinary educator and administrator. She holds certification as a Licensed Veterinary Technologist and degrees in Online and Distance Learning (MS) and Animal Health Science (BS). She is a Doctorate of Education candidate with expected graduation in 2017. Awards include Distinguished Faculty Award through DeVry Education Group. She says, “I am a life-long learner and work to promote the veterinary field and share my passion for the field with students.”



    Grade level 11-12. Veterinary Science 1 requires a “C” or better in Biology. Veterinary Science 2 requires a “B” or better in Veterinary Science 1 and teacher recommendation.‌ AM and PM sessions offered


    Why take this course?

    • Use the same equipment as industry professionals to examine and treat animals
    • Develop valuable critical thinking skills that serve in evaluating patients and assessing health
    • Work with animals daily to develop confidence
    • Earn industry certifications to prepare for immediate employment

    Veterinary Science


    Veterinary Assisting is a rigorous course designed to prepare students for careers in veterinary and other animal-related professions. This class requires both academic and physical participation as well as technical skills. Students will be exposed to the competencies needed to work in the veterinary setting. Students will learn safety protocols, anatomy and physiology, infection control, animal care and nursing, first aid and CPR for cats and dogs, handling and restraint, veterinary terminology, roles and responsibilities of the types of veterinary workers, law and ethics, medical records, scheduling, wildlife conservation, and client communication. Career exploration and academic mapping are part of this class.

    Students also will manage in a canine day care and grooming program that is open for enrollment.


    Students will be evaluated by written tests, mastery of skills, professionalism, and participation in community activities. Teamwork and participation are essential components of success for this class. Excellent attendance is critical for student success and animal health.

    Advanced students will continue their study of veterinary medicine and develop a deeper understanding of terminology, lab techniques, surgical assisting, diagnostic procedures and specialty medicine. 



    Credits and Certifications

    .5 Life Science

    .5 Math

    .5 Elective

    Pet CPR certification

    Fear Free certification


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