Animal Science - Veterinary Assistant

The Animal Science program of study focuses on the science, research, and business of animals and other living organisms. It teaches CTE learners how to apply biology and life science to real-world life processes of animals and wildlife, either in laboratories or in the field, which could include a veterinary office, a farm or ranch, or any outdoor area harboring animal life. Students may also research and analyze the growth and destruction of species and research or diagnose diseases and injuries of animals.

Course Information

Courses below are not tied to grade levels.  Not all courses have a required prerequisite. 

This Program of Study has upper level courses that require Work-Based Learning. Please speak with your counselor about the requirements and view the Work-Based Learning page. 

Certifications Offered

  • Certified Veterinary Assistant, Level 1
  • OSHA 30 HR

The Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR) Career Cluster focuses on the essential elements of life - food, water, land, and air. This career cluster includes a diverse spectrum of occupations, ranging from farmer, rancher, and veterinarian to geologist, land conservationist, and florist. It also includes non-traditional agricultural occupations like wind energy, solar energy, and oil and gas production.

Meets the requirements of the Business and Industry endorsement or STEM endorsement (if math/ science requirements are met).


Level 1

Principles of Agriculture, Food, and Natural ResourcesALL YEARCredit: 1
Grade: 9 - 10

Level 2

Equine Science
Credit: 0.5
Grade: 10-11

Small Animal Management
Credit: 0.5
Grade: 10-11

Level 3

Livestock Production
Credit: 1
Grade: 11-12

Level 4

Advanced Animal ScienceALL YEARCredit: 1
Grade: 11-12

Veterinary Medical Applications ALL YEARCredit: 2
Grade: 11-12

Practicum of Agriculture, Food, and Natural ResourcesALL YEARCredit: 2
Grade: 11-12