Animal Science

Course Resources:

Students should come prepared for class each day with something to write with whether the preference is paper or chromebook. Each student will need a folder or small binder to keep track of class notes, handouts, and other class materials. All textbooks used in the class will be kept in the classroom. Chromebooks will be used in class for educational purposes only. Failure to comply with proper use of chromebook within the classroom will result in no use of the chromebook within the agriculture classroom.


Course Objectives:

Introductory to vet technician will provide students with the opportunity to explore the many aspects of the veterinary medicine team and career opportunities. Students will explore legal implications of the veterinary office and proper clinical procedures. Students will be stressed upon safety procedures and proper animal care. All students will be given the opportunity to shadow a veterinary clinic team member.


Proper classroom behavior is expected of all students in the classroom at all times. The student should:

  1. Be on time and ready to go
  2. Be respectful of everyone/everything in the room
  3. Participate in class discussions


Leadership development and supervised agricultural experience programs are an integral part of this course. All students are expected to be a part of the FFA chapter. Public Law 740 states, “FFA is an inter-curricular part of the agricultural classroom.” FFA Membership dues are $25 and due on Friday, September 11th for Fall FFA activity participation. Dues include magazine subscription, state & national dues, and chapter t-shirt. Students will maintain Missouri Record Books and record books will be graded on a monthly basis.


Units of Study:

(Unit descriptions and objectives can be found on the Meadow Heights Teacher Webpage under Ms. Burgfeld)

Semester 1

Personal Safety & Animal Handling

  • OSHA
  • Hazards in the Workplace
  • Handling & Restraints for Large, Small, & Exotic Animals


Veterinary Terminology

  • The Ologies of Veterinary Science
  • Prefixes, Suffixes, and Root words
  • Common abbreviations
  • Recognition of Species through Terminology
  • Anatomical & Positional Terminology
  • Conversions in the Veterinary Hospital: Classical Conversions

Care and Management of Species

  • Large Animals
  • Small Animals
  • Exotic Animals
  • Careers Caring for Animals


Semester 2


  • Microbiology Fundamentals
  • Types of Microbes
  • Relationship of Microbes in the Body
  • Diagnostic Tools
  • Prevention Infection
  • Careers in Microbiology


  • Dosage
  • Drug & Medical Administration


  • Internal vs. External Parasites
  • Species Specific Parasites
  • Regional Parasites
  • Vectors and Vehicles of Parasites
  • Treatment and Management of Parasites

Physical Exams

  • Physical Exam Accuracy and the SOAP System
  • Vital Signs and Performing the Physical Exam

Other topics that could be covered include; Laws & Ethics, Office Management, Hospital Procedures, The Immune, Respiratory, Reproductive, Digestive, Endocrine System, Animal Genetics, the Urinary, Cardiovascular, Muscular, and Skeletal Systems.


Grading Policy:

Students should make all attempts to pass this class. Ms. Burgfeld is always available to discuss support structures for your child’s education. If the student, the parent and the teacher all act proactively, we shall achieve success together. Students with continuous missing work and/or a failing grade at designated checkpoints will be assigned to after school tutoring in the subject(s) until work/grade is brought current or passing.  Grades included in checkpoints are mid-quarter grades and end-of-quarter grades.  Repeatedly not turning in minor in-class work, etc. would result in tutoring assignment after three missing assignments during the quarter. Please refer to the student handbook for further details regarding district wide grading policy.


Attendance Policy:

Students have the equivalent amount of days to make up all assignments as the number of days missed due to an excused absence. Work may be made up before or after school and must be scheduled with the course instructor. It is the student’s responsibility to collect ALL missed work during their absences.


Plagiarism/Academic Dishonesty Policy:

Plagiarism and academic dishonesty are serious offenses. The academic work of a student is expected to be his/her own effort. Students must give the author(s) credit for any source material used. To represent ideas or interpretations taken from a source without giving credit is a flagrant act. To present a borrowed passage after having changed a few words, even if the source is cited, is plagiarism. Students who commit any act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade in that portion of the coursework. Acts of academic dishonesty will be reported to the administration.