This course introduces students to the veterinary field, teaches them many skills in working with
animals, and gives them a leg up on medical or life science courses they may take in the future.
Students learn about the anatomy of large and small animals, animal handling, husbandry and
basic medical care. They address real veterinary situations as well as gain an understanding of
important topics in veterinary medicine ranging from ethics to management.
Previous summers have included working with pigeons, dissecting a horse leg, dressing wounds, and
learning about the wide variety of careers in the veterinary field. Students have the opportunity
to observe a veterinary practice and learn scientific fundamentals in the laboratory. Case studies
let them problem solve and come up with diagnoses. Students may also have the opportunity to
perform dissections typically done by first year veterinary students to learn anatomy.
In the past, favorite trips included The Centenary Equine Center, Hackettstown Livestock
Auction, and local veterinarian offices, and we will attempt to do these trips each session. This is
always one of the most popular courses in our program and is the first to fill!
This year our Veterinary Science program will be divided into two sections, to better focus the
studies of first-year CSS students as well as to continue the coursework of students who have
attended out program in past summers.
Veterinary Science 101:
Intro to Vet Sci and Small Animal Medicine. Students will focus on common canine and
feline diseases as well as familiarizing themselves with signs of disease, therapeutic treatments,
and methods of prevention. Other small animals, such as birds, reptiles, and small quadruped
mammals will be studied as well. Students will focus on anatomy, physiology, safety and welfare
as well as other important issues and fundamental concepts.
Veterinary Science 102:
Continuation of Vet Sci and Large Animal Medicine. Students will focus on the examination,
recognition, treatment and prevention of disease to large animals. This includes but not limited
to horses, cattle, and other food-producing animals. Large animal anatomy and physiology will be
studied as well as the healing and treatment of wounds, lameness, and dentistry.
101 and 102 will both include a visit to a veterinary office to observe a surgery (if possible) as
well as visits to the equestrian center and the local animal auction. Both sections include study
of animal nutrition, physiology, and anatomy. Students will also work on pharmacology, clinical
pathology other important issues in modern veterinary science.