4-H Veterinary Science Program Orientation Workshop

LIBERTY, December 31, 2012 - The Liberty County 4-H and Youth Development program is sponsoring a program that will help youth begin a career in veterinary medicine. An orientation workshop to introduce the program will be held at 6:30 p.m. on January 15, 2013 at the Liberty County Extension Office at 501 Palmer Ave. Liberty. The meeting is open to all Liberty County youth ages of 8 to 16 years. Youth do not need to be in 4-H to attend this orientation meeting. Dr. Buddy Faries will lead the workshop.

During the session, Dr. Faries will outline the curriculum, goals, and objectives of the program. Students will then have an opportunity to enroll in the program. Parents are needed to be the volunteer adult leader or assistant adult leaders.

Students who sign up for the program will be committed to a 4- to 5-year study course and an apprenticeship that is career-oriented, job-trained, meaning throughout the program they will work directly toward a career in veterinary medicine. While completing the curriculum of 100 lessons and 50 activities, students will focus on the major careers of veterinary medicine: veterinary assistant, veterinary technician, and veterinarian. The classes are geared to the grade level of the students. High school students will have the opportunity to accelerate the time frame of the curriculum to 2, 3, or 4 years. The students will be placed in a setting to work under the supervision of veterinarians and are expected to complete hours of observation and a minimum of 500 hours of clinical skills on the job, usually in the veterinary clinic.

Students who successfully complete the study course and apprenticeship of clinical skill hours will receive a certificate of completion and the classification as a Veterinary Assistant. The students will be qualified to apply for certification by examination as a Certified Veterinary Assistant through the Texas Veterinary Medical Association. Students planning to become a Veterinary Technician or a Veterinarian will be counseled to pursue the required college degree programs.

To RSVP for attendance, please contact the Liberty County Extension Office by 936-334-3230 or email: jlreynolds@ag.tamu.edu by January 11, 2013.

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