Veterinary Science II

SCED Code: 18105
Virginia Extended Description: II
Suggested Grade Level: 11, 12
Duration: 36 Weeks
Hours: 140
Prerequisite: Veterinary Science I
OSHA Compliance Required?: Yes

Students expand their knowledge of animal science and the care of animals, including animal structure and function, microbes and disease prevention, parasitology, and genetics and breeding. Students develop more advanced skills and techniques for assisting the veterinarian and/or technician in the following areas: performing first aid and surgery, applying aseptic techniques, performing technical functions, administering medication, handling death and dying, working with wildlife, and performing office functions. Opportunities to handle live animals may occur. Contextual instruction and student participation in co-curricular career and technical student organization (CTSO) activities will develop leadership, interpersonal, and career skills. High-quality work-based learning (HQWBL) will provide experiential learning opportunities related to students' career goals and/or interests, integrated with instruction, and performed in partnership with local businesses and organizations.


This course has specific state laws and regulations from a governing medical board or agency. Please contact the Virginia Department of Education, Office of Career and Technical Education prior to implementing this course. All inquires may be sent to

Competencies within this course ensure compliance with the National FFA Organization's Federal Charter Amendments Act (Public Law 116-7). Through this legislation, students are provided opportunities for leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.

Class Size Regulation

The Virginia Administrative Code regulates the class size for this course. For additional information, see 8VAC20-120-150, "Maximum class size," or contact the Virginia Department of Education Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education at

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Course Sequences

A combination of this course and those below, equivalent to two 36-week courses, is a concentration sequence. Students wishing to complete a specialization may take additional courses based on their career pathways. A program completer is a student who has met the requirements for a CTE concentration sequence and all other requirements for high school graduation or an approved alternative education program.

Career Clusters

Pathway Occupation
Agribusiness Systems
  • Agricultural Products Sales Representative
  • Farm Products Purchasing Agent and Buyer
  • Farm, Ranch Manager
  • Farmer/Rancher
  • Feed, Farm Supply Store Sales Manager
Animal Systems
  • Animal Breeder, Husbandry
  • Animal Geneticist
  • Animal Scientist
  • Aquacultural Manager
  • Poultry Manager
  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinary Technician
Environmental Service Systems
  • Secondary School Teacher
Natural Resources Systems
  • Fish and Game Officer
  • Fisheries Technician
  • Microbiologist
  • Wildlife Manager

Pathway Occupation
Biotechnology Research and Development
  • Biochemist
  • Cell Biologist
  • Medical, Clinical Laboratory Technician
  • Research Assistant
Diagnostic Services
  • Medical, Clinical Laboratory Technician
  • Medical, Clinical Laboratory Technologist
  • Phlebotomist
  • Respiratory Therapy Technician
Health Informatics
  • Epidemiologist
  • Medical Assistant
Support Services
  • Medical, Clinical Laboratory Technologist
Therapeutic Services
  • Certified Nurse Aide
  • Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic
  • Medical Assistant
  • Registered Nurse
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Respiratory Therapy Technician
  • Surgeon
  • Surgical Technologist
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Veterinary Technologist

Pathway Occupation
Science & Mathematics
  • Animal Nutritionist
  • Animal Scientist
  • Biologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinary Assistant

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