Veterinary Science

  • Two students take good care of a puppy at the vet.

  • This course is certified by
    New York State

    In this course, students can turn their love for animals into a career and embark on an exciting career path in veterinary medicine, where they can put their knowledge and compassion into practice. Students will develop the skills necessary to work with both small and large animals, ranging from laboratory animals to exotics. Students will learn how to assist licensed veterinary technicians and veterinarians in the various clinical and technical aspects of animal care, as well as in laboratory and diagnostic testing techniques and procedures. They will gain real-life, hands-on experience in a classroom that functions as a veterinary clinic and surgical suite. 

    The Veterinary Science curriculum is dedicated to building upon the connections between animal health and well-being and environmental and ecosystem health, in accordance with organizations such as the Alliance of Veterinarians for the Environment (AVE) and the Jane Goodall Institute.
  • Students Will Develop an Academic Foundation in:
    • Anatomy
    • Physiology
    • Parasitology 
    • Bereavement counseling
    • Veterinary medical terminology 
    • Pharmacology
    • Animal diseases 
    • Animal behavior ethics 
    Career Opportunities
    Students who complete this course may find immediate employment as Veterinary Assistants in a variety of settings, including animal hospitals, clinics, research labs, pharmaceutical companies, public health and agricultural agencies, and in the pet industry. Graduates will also be prepared to pursue further studies in veterinary medicine, veterinary technology and biomedical research. Typical job titles in this field include Veterinary Assistant, Veterinary Technician, Veterinarian and Researcher.
    College Agreements
    Upon completion of this course, students may receive college credits subject to the entrance requirements of each institution and any additional criteria that may have been established. Current college agreements include:
    • SUNY Alfred State
    • SUNY Delhi
  • Veterinary Science
    Work Experience Opportunities

    Students who meet all eligibility requirements may participate in supervised, real-world, work-based learning offerings that include clinics, shadow days, internships or paid Co-Op experiences at workplace sites such as:

    • Baldwin Animal Hospital
    • Bellmore Veterinary Hospital
    • Island Trees Animal Hospital 
    • Levittown Animal Hospital
    • Long Island Veterinary Service and Critical Care Center
    • Massapequa Pet Vet
    • Mid Island Animal Hospital
    • Island Exotic Hospital 
    • Cornell Cooperative Extension Suffolk County Farm Complex
    Veterinary Science

  • Course Available: Grades 11–12
    Course Length: 2 years
    Placement: Regular
    Credits: Up to 4 CTE credits a year
    Admissions Criteria: Strong record of academic success. Students must have passed Living Environment Regents exams.
    Earning High School Credits: Students completing this 2-year course may receive up to 8 CTE credits OR distributed credits using any or all of the following: 

    0.5 credit   Career and Financial Management
    1.0 credit   Math–Specialized
    1.0 credit   English
    1.0 credit   Science

    This course is certified by New York State

    This course supports New York State
    CDOS Credential requirement


Natural and Agricultural Sciences

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