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WSWHE BOCES launches Small Animal Science program – Saratogian

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – WSWHE BOCES is offering a new curriculum for the 2022-2023 school year in which students learn the ins and outs of small animal science.

Dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs can be found in a special classroom at the F. Donald Myers Education Center in Saratoga Springs, where instructor Carter Stevens teaches the first ever animal science program. small school animals.

A group of about 20 high school students from across the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex area started the new course in September and will graduate in 2024 as Certified Veterinary Assistants.

The two-year curriculum is based on national industry standards, with Cornell University’s veterinary curriculum used as a guide to develop topics, as well as lessons learned through industry experience.

The course focuses on dogs, felines, companion animals and exotic animals, with an overview of large animals as well.

Students will learn about safety, handling, animal behavior, pet first aid (including CPR), animal rights and welfare, and animal anatomy, physiology, and reproduction.

In their second year, students will have the opportunity to practice their skills in the real world while interning at clinics, shelters, and grooming facilities willing to have additional help.

Jared Davis, Senior Director of the Career and Technical Education Center at WSWHE BOCES, explained that the demand for pet services in the region is steadily increasing and the new program aims to meet the needs of employees in the pet industry. pet, including positions such as groomers, trainers, veterinary technicians and veterinarians.

Additionally, “We always strive to expand our offerings to students in a particular career group,” Davis said. “We have our Horse Care program for students interested in working with animals and have been looking for another option that would expand opportunities for students in the area looking to work with animals in a different way. The small animal science program fits this bill.

Graduates of the program will have the option of immediately entering the job market or continuing their studies. Stevens said most of the students in her current class are interested in careers in veterinary medicine. “So this class gives them a head start on skills that will help them apply to college or be ready to enter the job market with basic animal science skills,” she said. .

Area clinics are already happy to hire the BOCES students, Stevens said, noting that many are currently understaffed. “We hope to help fill this labor shortage,” she said.

The program already partners with shelters and rescue organizations like Homes for Orphaned Pets Exist (HOPE) and Hop on Home Rabbit Sanctuary in fostering the animals. “We’re trying to play a small role in helping the community by making certain pets more socialized and adoptable,” Stevens said, adding that she hopes to connect more with local partners like this in the future.

Schuylerville student Madisyn Awilow said she was enjoying her first few weeks in the small animal science class. “This program is a really good opportunity for kids to get out in the field,” she said, noting that she particularly enjoys the independence she gains working with animals.

In addition to being a brand new program, this course is the first of its kind to be offered to local students. “It’s really cool to be able to start your own program, and I’m really proud of the hard work that I put into it, and that the kids match that energy – because they’re rockstars and they put the same energy that I am,” Stevens said, “so together I think we can lead them to some really cool places in life.

More information about the WSWHE BOCES Small Animal Science program is available online at https://careerandteched.edlioschool.com/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=2758534&type=d&pREC_ID=2300960.

  • WSWHE BOCES Small Animal Science Program students care for a puppy in their classroom. (Lauren Halligan – Medianews Group)

  • Student Morgan Catalfamo examines a rabbit in the Small Animal...

    Student Morgan Catalfamo examines a rabbit as part of the WSWHE BOCES Small Animal Science Program. (Lauren Halligan – Medianews Group)

  • A student examines a guinea pig in the Little Animal...

    A student examines a guinea pig as part of the WSWHE BOCES Small Animal Science Program. (Lauren Halligan – Medianews Group)

  • A student in the small animal science program smiles...

    A student from the Small Animal Science program smiles while interacting with a cat during a class at WSWHE BOCES. (Lauren Halligan – Medianews Group)

  • A student examines a rabbit in the science of small animals...

    A student examines a rabbit as part of the WSWHE BOCES Small Animal Science Program. (Lauren Halligan – Medianews Group)

  • Carter Stevens is the instructor of the new little animal...

    Carter Stevens is the instructor for the new Small Animal Science Program at WSWHE BOCES. (Lauren Halligan – Medianews Group)

  • Animals are part of the class in Little Animal...

    The animals are part of the WSWHE BOCES Small Animal Science Program classroom. (Lauren Halligan – Medianews Group)

  • The new small animal science program is popular with students...

    The new small animal science program is popular with WSWHE BOCES students. (Lauren Halligan – Medianews Group)

  • Carter Stevens is the instructor of the new little animal...

    Carter Stevens is the instructor for the new Small Animal Science Program at WSWHE BOCES. (Lauren Halligan – Medianews Group)

  • Carter Stevens is the instructor of the new little animal...

    Carter Stevens is the instructor for the new Small Animal Science Program at WSWHE BOCES. (Lauren Halligan – Medianews Group)

  • Animals are part of the class in Little Animal...

    The animals are part of the WSWHE BOCES Small Animal Science Program classroom. (Lauren Halligan – Medianews Group)

  • A new science program on small animals has been introduced for the...

    A new small animal science program has been introduced for the 2022-2023 school year at WSWHE BOCES. (Lauren Halligan – Medianews Group)