• Veterinary Science

    Students learn anatomy and physiology, as well as animal health and disease, animal behavior, and client communication to prepare for employment in Veterinary careers. The class focuses are academic, technical skills, and employability practices. Students will develop personal and professional skills in the classroom that will transfer to the workplace:

    • Introductory skills for the veterinary clinic front office
    • Career ready skills
    • Veterinary assistant career orientation
    • Communication skills for the veterinary clinic/hospital or animal shelter
    • Veterinary medical terminology
    • Introduction to companion animal body systems
    • State and federal regulations related to veterinary care
    • Medical/surgical asepsis
    • Animal nutrition
    • Surgical instrumentation
    • Basic animal nursing protocols
    • Basic laboratory and diagnostic testing
    • Basic pharmacology and administration of medication to animals
    • Basic imaging techniques

    Class Benefits

    • 20-30 high school credits earned for the year
    • Gain valuable knowledge about veterinary health, science and nutrition
    • Work with people from all walks of life
    • Study veterinary medical career options Students who qualify may participate in internships during the second semester
    • May be eligible for articulated college credits at local community college with an A or B grade UC “d” approved course

    Certifications Earned Within the Class

    • Class completion certificate

    Job Opportunities Upon Completion

    • Veterinary Assistant
    • Early level research facilities and Zoos
    • Vet clinics, Pet Food Chains, Kennels, Boarding facilities, Grooming Facilities, Animal Shelters

    About the Instructor

    Elizabeth Belaski is a native of San Francisco and attended San Francisco State University.  She received her Animal Science degree at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, CA.  Ms. Belaski has worked in small animal practices and created her own temporary job agency exclusively for veterinary related positions in the Portland metro area in Oregon.  She has also worked with wildlife, exotic animals, marine mammals and laboratory research animals, and shelter medicine.  Elizabeth has taught veterinary technology students for over 4 years and feels very privileged to be part of the SVCTE teaching staff.  Elizabeth has a huge passion for the Arts and Home renovation; she now resides in San Jose.

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