INSTRUCTOR: DR. KIM SMYTH

DR. KIM SMYTH

Dr. Smyth is a small animal veterinarian who graduated from the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She practiced small animal medicine in Pennsylvania and the Charlottesville area for many years, and continues to educate pet owners by authoring hundreds of articles about pet health. Dr. Smyth is an adjunct professor for Blue Ridge Community College and, as such, her Veterinary Science students receive dual-enrollment college credits. Dr. Smyth stepped into the role of instructor for CATEC’s Veterinary Science program because she wanted to foster the interest of pet health in community students and help create much needed workforce-ready veterinary assistants for area veterinary clinics.

VETERINARY SCIENCE

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In CATEC's Veterinary Science program, students learn hands-on training in small animal care in a variety of classroom settings, inImagecluding its simulated small animal veterinary hospital and on-site visits. The course introduces students to the technical knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in careers pertaining to companion animals, including, but not limited to, pet care industries, government agencies, laboratory research institutions, pharmaceutical occupations and veterinary medical assisting and technology, and post-secondary education opportunities. Additionally, the program includes guest speakers, animal demonstrations, and field trips to small animal care facilities. Students will also learn workplace readiness and leadership skills to further them on their pathway to success. The Veterinary Science program is part of CATEC's Health and Medical Sciences Academy. 

CREDIT, CERTIFICATIONS, COURSE INFORMATION, AND PATHWAYS

HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT

Students receive up to 3 high school credits total each year for successful completion of the program. Passage of the certification exam will award the student 2 student-verified elective credits, one of which can be substituted for a verified credit in either science or history. 1 additional science credit is awarded due to the integration of the Biology II: Anatomy & Physiology standards of learning in the coursework.

CERTIFICATIONS 

American Allied Health Veterinary Assistant Certification 

Virginia Workplace Readiness Skills Assessment

DUAL ENROLLMENT CREDIT

The Veterinary Science program is dual-enrolled with Blue Ridge Community College. Dual-enrolled students who satisfactorily compete the program with a C or better will also complete the Blue Ridge Community College Career Studies Certificate in Veterinary Assisting concurrent with high school graduation. Students successfully completing the program may receive 12 college credits. 

College Course Codes

VET 101

VET 102

VET 103

VET 136

College Course Name

Introduction to Veterinary Assisting

Care and Maintenance of Small Domestic Animals

Veterinary Office Assisting

Companion Animal Behavior

Credit Per Course

3

3

3

3

College

BRCC

BRCC

BRCC

BRCC

EDUCATION PATHWAYS

Blue Ridge Community College

  • Veterinary Technician, A.A.S.

Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, DVM

  • Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences, MS or PhD

  • Master of Public Health, MPH

CAREER PATHWAYS

  • Career Opportunity: Veterinary Assistant

  • Assist vet, set up equipment, prepare animal for treatment, and keep records.

  • National Wage Average: $25,250.00

  • Virginia Wage Average: $25,270.00

  • Projected Job Growth in Virginia: +19.6%

  • Career Opportunity: Veterinary Technician

  • Perform medical tests for treatment and diagnosis of diseases in animals. Prepare vaccines and serums. Clean and sterilize instruments and materials. May assist vet during surgery. 

  • National Wage Average: $34,000.00

  • Virginia Wage Average: $38,000.00

  • Projected Job Growth in Virginia: +30%

  • Career Opportunity: Veterinarian

  • Diagnose, treat, or research diseases and injuries of animals. Can include conducting research and development, inspecting livestock, or caring for pets and companion animals. 

  • National Wage Average: $94,000.00

  • Virginia Wage Average: $98,000.00

  • Projected Job Growth in Virginia: +29%