Veterinary Science

A Promising and Competitive Field

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.

Skills for the Future

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

  • Nutrition

  • Vet and Medical Terminology

  • Laboratory Skills and Techniques

  • Basic Grooming Techniques

  • Animal Husbandry

  • Instrument ID, Use, and Surgical Preparation

  • Employability Skills 

Career Development

FFA Career Development Events

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

  • Veterinary Science

  • ...and many more!

Career Advancement Center

Students who qualify, have the opportunity to participate in one of three options for career development during their senior year.

  • School-to-Apprentice Program

  • Advanced Placement

  • Early Placement

All of these programs allow students to be in the workforce while attending school on a modified schedule, so you can earn while you learn.

Career Advancement


Mr. Tony TrappApprenticeship Coordinator 

Mrs. Naomi BakerCareer Placement Specialist   

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Entry-Level Career Opportunities

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:

  • Veterinary Receptionist

  • Kennel Technician

  • Animal Shelter Worker

  • Farmer

  • Agricultural Business or Store Employment

  • Breed Association Employment

  • Pet Store Employment

  • Feed Elevator Employee

  • Basic Groomer

  • Artificial Inseminator 

  • Dog Trainer | Behavioralist 

Advanced Career Opportunities

  • Registered Veterinary Technician

  • Veterinarian

  • Ag Pharmaceutical Sales

  • Nutritionist

  • Animal Researcher/Scientist 

Earning Potential

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

College Credit Agreements

  • Clark State Community College - up to 3 semester hours 

  • Edison Community College - up to 4 semester hours 

  • Sinclair Community College  - up to 1 semester hours 

  • CTAG - up to 3 semester hours 

Our Instructors

Dr. Deb Stanfield
DVM, Level I & II Instructor 
937.778.1980 x236

Cindy Geyer
RVT, Paraprofessional
937.778.1980 x404 

Mitzi Clark
Anatomy and Science Instructor
937.778.1980 x742 

Career Technical Student Organization

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All students of this program are also members of the Upper Valley Career Center FFA program as part of their career-technical education.