Ft. Pierce Westwood’s veterinary tech lab provides students hands-on experiences in veterinary medicine. Students have the opportunity to work closely with local veterinarians observing various procedures.
Students can receive on-the-job training in the kennel and clinical facilities. Following graduation, students can work immediately as Veterinary Assistants or continue further education at the college level.
Areas of study include:
Classroom studies include Animal Nutrition and Behavior, Anatomy and Physiology and Disease Processes, Medical Terminology, Parasitology and Immunology, and Surgical Nursing.
Wide varieties of skills are emphasized with classroom and lab lessons, including science, math, communications, leadership, management, and technology.
Student responsibilities include care of dogs and cats, restraint of dogs and cats, vaccinating animals, medicating animals, and observing/assisting in surgery.
Students work daily in a state-of-the-art veterinary facility that includes classroom space, wet labs, dissection room, small animal housing, and kennels.
Careers in Veterinary Science include: veterinarian, veterinary technician, veterinary assistant, veterinary specialty surgeon, veterinary pharmaceutical and diagnostic equipment sales, grooming/obedience training, pet store advisory and food sales, USDA personnel, research, CDC scientist, horse trainer, wildlife rehabilitator, marine mammal specialist, and much more!
Students at Fort Pierce Westwood Academy can complete the following industry
certification through the Veterinary Tech program:
Certified Veterinarian Assistant