Veterinary Assistant

  • Junior Year:

    Pre-AP Anatomy & Physiology : HT3H0QY1W2 -13020600 - 1 Credit Year-Long Course

    • Prerequisite: Biology and a second science credit. Students study a variety of topics, including veterinary medical terminology, the structure and function of the human and animal body and the interaction of body systems for maintaining homeostasis. 

    Small Animal Management : HT2A40SHW3 - 13000400 - 1/2 Credit Semester-Long Course

    • Students will acquire knowledge and skills related to small animals and the small animal management industry. Small Animal Management may address topics related to small mammals such as dogs and cats, amphibians, reptiles, and birds. 

    Equine Science : HT2A20SHW3 -13000500 - 1/2 Credit Semester-Long Course

    • In Equine Science, students will acquire knowledge and skills related to equine animal systems and the equine industry. Equine Science may address topics related to horses, donkeys, and mules.

    Principles of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources : HT1A00Y1W313000200 - x1 Credit Year-Long Course

    • Principles of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources will allow students to develop knowledge and skills regarding career and educational opportunities, personal development, globalization, industry standards, details, practices, and expectations.

    Veterinary Medical Applications : HT3A50S1W3 -13000600 - 1 Credit Semester-Long Course

    • Prerequisites: Equine Science, Small Animal Management, or Livestock Production. Students will attain academic skills & knowledge, acquire technical knowledge & skills related to animal systems & the workplace. Topics covered in this course include, but are not limited to: veterinary practices as they relate to both large and small animal species. Students must also complete a Supervised Agricultural Experience Project (SAE).


    Senior Year:

    Advanced Animal Science, HT4A10Y1 - 1 Credit Year-Long Course

    • Prerequisites: Biology and Chemistry or Integrated Physics and Chemistry (IPC); Algebra l and Geometry; and either Small Animal Management, Equine Science, or Livestock Production. Advanced Animal Science examines the interrelatedness of human, scientific, and technological dimensions of livestock production. Instruction is designed to allow for the application of scientific and technological aspects of animal science through field and laboratory experiences. Note: This course satisfies a science credit requirement for students on the Foundation High School Program.

    Scientific Research and Design, HT3S50Y1 - 1 Credit Year-Long Course

    • Prerequisite: Biology, Chemistry, Integrated Physics, Chemistry (IPC), or Physics. Scientific Research and Design is a broad-based course designed to allow districts and schools considerable flexibility to develop local curriculum to supplement any program of study or coherent sequence. The course has the components of any rigorous scientific or engineering program of study from the problem identification, investigation design, data collection, data analysis, formulation, and presentation of the conclusions. These components are integrated with the career and technical education emphasis of helping students gain entry-level employment in high-skill, high-wage jobs and/or continue their education. Students must meet the 40% laboratory and fieldwork requirement. Students may take this course with different course content for a maximum of three credits. Note: This course satisfies a science credit requirement for students on the Foundation High School Program.

    Practicum in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, HT4A00Y2 - 2 Credit Year-Long Course

    • Practicum in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources is designed to give students supervised practical application of knowledge and skills. Practicum experiences can occur in a variety of locations appropriate to the nature and level of experiences such as employment, independent study, internships, assistantships, mentorships, or laboratories. The practicum course is a paid or unpaid capstone experience for students participating in a coherent sequence of career and technical education courses in the Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Career Cluster.


    Practicum Upon successful completion of the entire VST course and the required 500 hours, students may test and obtain a Veterinary Assistant Certification through the Texas Veterinary Medical Association. 



     Dr. Dominique Nehring (website)

     Mr. Ricky Pendell