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Animal Science Pathway

  • In the West Ada Career Technical Education (CTE) Animal Science Pathway, students may take a series of related elective classes, which lead to the senior-level capstone class, Veterinary Assistant Internship. Before students leave high school, through this pathway, they can get a ring-side seat in figuring out if this career field is a good fit.  The opportunities in the pathway include exploring many potential employment opportunities especially through the internship capstone class experiences where students engage in hands-on activites by assisting local veterinarians for example, with lab work, first aid, dental care, surgery preparation and treatment reports. They also are exposed firsthand to the inner workings of office procedures and the importance of successful interactions between pet, pet owner and veterinarian staff members.

    Pathway Classes:

    Taught at zoned-home high schools: 
    (If a class is not offered at the high school then students are given the opportunity to take it at the CTE Center.)
     
    (9th Grade) Introduction to Animal Science - a one credit semester class

    Recommended: Personal Skills Development

    (10th Grade) Botany/Plant & Soil Science - a one credit semester class

    (11th Grade) Zoology/Animal Science - a one credit semester class

    (Student may take the classes above at the tech center if they are not offered at their school.) 


    CTE Center - Meridian Campus Classes
    (Unless otherwise noted, classes listed below are 1 credit semester classes.)

    (11th Grade) Equine Science I (To qualify, student must successfully complete both Zoology/Animal Science and Botany/Plant and Soil Science.) 

    (11th Grade) Zoology/Fish and Wildlife Management (To qualify, student must successfully complete both Zoology/Animal Science and Botany/Plant and Soil Science.)

    (11th Grade) Small Animal Care (To qualify, student must successfully complete both Zoology/Animal Science and Botany/Plant and Soil Science.)

    (12th Grade) Advanced Equine II (To qualify, student must successfully complete both Small Animal Care and Equine Science I.)

    (12th Grade) Science of Animal Nutrition (To qualify, student must successfully complete Small Animal Care.)

    (12th Grade) Veterinarian Science -a 2 credit culimating capstone year-long class. Students must provide self-transportation to all off-site clinicals and externship experiences. To qualify to take this capstone class, students must successfully complete Small Animal Care and either Equine Science I or Zoology/Fish and Wildlife Management.

    Also available - Pathway Brochures

    For complete details, see the CTE Magnet Program section of the most current edition of the Course Description Handbook.