Veterinary Science

Veterinary medicine is the branch of medicine that deals with the prevention, management, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, disorder, and injury in animals. Along with this, it deals with animal rearing, husbandry, breeding, research on nutrition, and product development.

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Animal Science I

Learn animal physiology, breeding, nutrition, health, and management practices to prepare for a career in animal science while developing leadership and employability skills.

Animal Science II - Companion Animal

Learn about animal welfare, safe handling practices, nutrition, digestion, breeding, grooming, care, classification, and the history of the companion animal industry.

Animal Science II - Food Animal

Learn animal anatomy, physiology, digestion, reproduction, housing and facilities, management, and genetics of the food animal industry.

Veterinary Assistant

Prepare for a career in animal medicine by learning hands-on laboratory and surgical skills while developing client relations and proper veterinary practice management. Work-based learning opportunities will be emphasized while preparing for the Veterinary Assisting Exam.

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Youth for the Quality Care of Animals

Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) is a national multi-species quality assurance program with a focus on three core pillars: Food Safety, Animal Well-Being and Character Development.

NC Beef Quality Assurance

This certification program aims to ensure consumers are confident that cattle are raised with animal welfare and food safety in mind.

Elanco Veterinary Medical Applications

This online certification program ensures individuals possess a foundational understanding of the competencies needed for employment in the animal science field.

Certified Veterinary Assistant

This certification enables one to assist with providing routine animal care, exam room prep, and surgical procedures while meeting the healthcare needs of animals at a veterinary facility.

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Found your passion? These courses relate to this career pathway and may align to your career and college goals. Find out which of these may be available at your school and consider adding them to your Course Plan in Xello.

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Browse enhancement courses:

  • Agriscience Applications
  • Equine Science I
  • Foundations of Health Science
  • Zoology

Earn College Credit

Get a head start on your college education by taking advantage of dual credit opportunities. There are CTE courses that can articulate to the community college, meaning they will award college credit. Also, the Career & College Promise (CCP) program allows eligible high school students to enroll in community college classes.

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Careers focused on planning, managing, and providing therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health informatics, support services, and biotechnology research and development.

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