The Veterinary Science program is designed to give students insight into the veterinary field and provide them with a head start into a competitive college program. Students will learn about both large and small animals to give them a well-rounded experience that will assist them in making a decision as to which career path is right for them. Many students will attend a two or four-year college with the goal of becoming a Veterinary Technician or a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
The Veterinary Science program has a strong focus on science, covering anatomy, physiology, nutrition, and health concepts. To prepare for a career in veterinary science, students must take rigorous science courses beyond Biology I and Chemistry I.
Students will build a foundation of knowledge and skills, including:
Basic Animal Care - clinicals with animals two-days a week
Large and Small Animal Handling
Anatomy & Physiology
Vet and Medical Terminology
Laboratory Skills and Techniques
Basic Grooming Techniques
Instrument ID, Use, and Surgical Preparation
The Upper Valley FFA Chapter is very active, and Career Development Events (CDEs) are an integral part of their activities. Some of these events include:
General Livestock Judging
Dairy, Equine, and Poultry Judging
Job Interview and Public Speaking
...and many more!
There are a vast number career opportunities in the agricultural field with the knowledge gained from this program. Just a few of the entry-level options include:
Animal Shelter Worker
Agricultural Business or Store Employment
Breed Association Employment
Pet Store Employment
Feed Elevator Employee
Dog Trainer | Behavioralist
Registered Veterinary Technician
Ag Pharmaceutical Sales
Median Annual Wages
Veterinarian: $65,780 - $110,520
Veterinary Technologists & Technicians: $25,720 - $36,690
Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers: $18,790 - $27,130
Students who qualify have the opportunity to participate in one of three options for career development during their senior year. All three programs allow students to work within their career field while attending school on a modified schedule, so you they gain skills, experience and competitive wages.