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Veterinary Assisting

Are you an animal lover?  Do you enjoy caring for and working with animals, then you  will love this major. Students learn how to care for, help, feed, and treat a variety of animals. Every day students engage in hands-on practical learning activities where they perform the daily duties of maintaining the animals that live on the Varela Farm and Kennels. The most significant part of the program, is the clinical learning mandate, where each student has to complete at least 500 volunteer non-paid hours under the supervision of a licensed Veterinarian. In this program, students learn about animals in class and practice basic skills on the schools farm animals, then they have to volunteer at a real veterinarian clinic where they put the classroom knowledge into action in a real work setting. Students also will engage in yearly projects of their own choosing. These projects are under the direction of master mentors in our community. Students become proficient in all aspects of the animal industry through their work with industry leaders. The Varela Vet Academy educates students in learning to be efficient and competent in their duties through the establishment of standard levels of knowledge, practical experience, and skills in all aspects within the veterinary assisting industry.

Certification:

Florida Veterinary Medical Association Certified Veterinary Assistant  (FVMA CVA)

Four Year Course Progression:

The Veterinary Science Program offers a sequence of courses that provide a rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources career cluster.

YEAR 1 (Freshmen)YEAR 2 (Sophomore)YEAR 3 (Junior)YEAR 4 (Senior)
Veterinary Assisting IVeterinary Assisting IIVeterinary Assisting IIIVeterinary Assisting IV & V

Courses:

Veterinary Assisting 1
This course is designed to develop competencies in areas such as the history of the animal industry; applied scientific and technological concepts; safety; terminology; careers; breed identification; animal care and human relations skills.
Veterinary Assisting 2
This course is designed to develop competencies in the areas such as basic first aid; scientific and technological; tools and equipment; breed identification; and functions of systems.
Veterinary Assisting 3
This course is designed to develop competencies in the areas animal digestive systems; animal breeding; animal control; animal overpopulation; animal related laws; and breeds.
Veterinary Assisting 4
This course is designed to develop competencies in the areas of animal welfare and rights; research; record keeping; disease and parasites
Veterinary Assisting 5
This course is designed to develop competencies in the areas of grooming, effects of captivity of exotics; genetics and biotechnology in reproduction; diagnostic and therapeutic testing; surgical preparation; and pharmacology.

Program Instructor:

Mrs. Yleana Escobar – Veterinary Magnet Program Teacher
Email:   yescobar@dadeschools.net

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Vet Students in action
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