New Vision Veterinary Assistant

Instructor: Jessica Graham
Teacher Assistant: Lisa Lipp

Program Goal: The New Vision Veterinary Assistant program is designed to provide high school seniors the opportunity to intensely investigate future college and professional career pathways within the field of Veterinary Science. Both theory and hands-on experiences are introduced in the Veterinary Assistant program. New Vision Veterinary Assistant program students may earn the approved Veterinary Assistant certification.

Curriculum: An approved program by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians Association (NAVTA), this one-year program follows the New Vision Model by offering student mentored non-paid co-ops at local veterinary offices. The program also introduces students to all aspects of Veterinary Science including: office and hospital procedures, communication and client relations, vaccinations, examination room procedures, surgical preparation and assisting. The New Vision Veterinary Assistant program is designed to prepare students for a wide variety of careers related to Veterinary Science. Veterinary Assistants are employed by animal shelters, aquariums, boarding kennels, humane societies and animal rescue shelters, pharmaceutical companies, research facilities at universities, veterinary hospitals, wildlife sanctuaries and zoos.

This is a broad-based professional curriculum that will target student development of the knowledge and skills of a wide range of career options within the Veterinary Science field. Additionally, this program will give students a foundation of basic skills required for workplace situations and is uniquely suited to help students build skills related to communication, decision making, time management and relationship building, among others. Students will study and experience academics in an environment that uses an interdisciplinary approach to English Language Arts, Math, Science and Technology.

Dual Credit: Finger Lakes Community College (English 101-Composition I; English 103-Composition II; Biology 110-Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology)

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