Local veterinary program helps students get ahead

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 6:55pm

Recent studies show that most job opportunities are based on experience rather than just prior education. Schools here in East Texas are trying to engage their students in the field as early as possible.

This will be Rebecca Carter's second year teaching pre-veterinary medicine classes at Whitehouse High School.

She told KETK, "We offer a veterinary medical applications program, where we hope to train kids who want to go into a veterinary type field, to be able to go out into the work force or to take it into college and become a veterinary professional."

Students in the class not only get hands on experience with the demo dog, "Ned," but they also get to learn outside of the classroom.

One student, Karisa Bounds said, "Well whenever we go out and actually get to do our rotations that were doing the next six weeks, we get to go into different vet clinics, were all split up and we get to see the different kind of stuff that comes into each vet clinic."

Carter told KETK, "Through my program they will graduate with their CVA which is a certified veterinary assistant level one." Her students will have completed 500 hundred hours with her and in an actual veterinary clinic and have taken a test by the Texas Veterinary Medical Association. "They will be certified and can go into a clinic and get a job as a CVA, right out of high school," said Carter.

Another student, Hunter Murphree participated in the course and has already taken his CVA exam.

Murphree said that Carter's course, "Pretty much helped with the basics of learning, what you'll be doing in the field, and helping you kind of have an idea of the day to day life of a veterinarian."

While students say the classes are not only fun, they have other benefits as well.

Chase Taylor said, "You actually get to go in their with vet clinics, so if you decide you cant take injections or you cant see blood, or needles, its better to know this now than when you're paying a lot of money down the road."

Carter also told KETK, "Another route they can take is just to take it the knowledge into a higher education course, like they can go to Dallas and get enrolled in their veterinary technician and become a RVT or they can take it and go to A&M or LSU or anywhere where they offer a veterinary college." She said that her students will enter college at a higher level than students who didn't have this same opportunity.

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