Veterinary Science

Our lead teacher, Ms Nestlerode, shares information about the Veterinary Science program. 

Ms Akau, who also teaches in our Veterinary Science program, shares her insights. 

For students' perspectives on Veterinary Science at Edison Academy, watch these videos. 

 

Watch this video to learn about a community service project that Veterinary Science students completed as part of their CTE Student Organization. 

Course Info

FCPS Grade Level and Course Credit information is found at the links to the left. The Virginia Department of Education Curriculum may be found using the links to the right. 

Course Description

Level I Course Description

Students learn animal science and the care of animals, including the fundamentals of companion animal species and breeds, behavior and training, body systems, nutrition, and safety. Students develop basic skills and techniques for assisting the veterinarian/technician in the following areas: handling companion animals and other small mammals, grooming animals, restraint techniques, feeding small mammals, and maintaining equipment and facilities. 

Level II Course Description

Students expand their knowledge of body systems and nutrition animal science and the care of animals, including animal structure and function, microbes and disease prevention, parasitology, and genetics and breeding. Students develop more advanced skills and techniques for assisting the veterinarian/technician in the following areas: handling large animals and exotic animals, applying aseptic techniques, performing first aid, performing technical functions, administering medication, handling death and dying, working with wildlife, and performing office functions.  

Class Features

  • 6 Grooming Stations
  • 4 Large Dog Tubs
  • Multiple Aquaria and Habitats for Classroom Animals
  • Multiple Dog Crates/Cages

Professional Certification Opportunities

  • Virginia Workplace Readiness Skills

Potential Career Opportunities

  • Animal Care Specialist
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Veterinary Technician
  • Veterinarian
  • Pet Store Manager/Owner
  • Pet Service Industry
  • Groomer
  • Breeder
  • Animal Trainer
  • Zoologist

Mentor Firms

  • Fairfax County Animal Control
  • Fairfax County Animal Shelter