Nicole Collins, Nicole.Collins@polk-fl.net
Ambria Lauger-Torres, Ambria.Llauger-Torre@polk-fl.net
The Lakeland High School Academy of Veterinary Science is a four-year program designed to prepare high school students for a career in Veterinary Science. Upon completion of the program, students have the opportunity to take the Veterinary Assisting Certification exam. With a passing score, 500 hours of clinic time and the skills list signed off on by a DVM/CVT, students will be Certified Veterinary Assistants able to go directly into the workforce or into a post-secondary education.
In addition to the Vet Academy, we have a strong FFA program. The National FFA Organization is an intra-curricular student organization for students enrolled in an agriculture course and is interested in agriculture and leadership. This organization makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success.
The different levels of courses are listed below:
- 8111510 Veterinary Assisting 1
- 8111540 Veterinary Assisting 2
- 8111550 Veterinary Assisting 3
- 8111520 Veterinary Assisting 4
- 8106810 Agriscience Foundations 1
Currently, students must complete Vet Assisting 1 in order to move on to Vet Assisting 2. The only place for Ag Foundation students to move on to is Vet Assisting 1. We are hoping in the future to be able to offer Natural Resources as a course students can take after Ag Foundations, if they are not interested in Vet.
Our Program has been very successful in the past year competing and placing in the following competitions:
State level: Horse Evaluation, Job Interview, Livestock Evaluation, Ornamental Horticulture Demonstration- Consumer Use Category, Poultry Evaluation, Prepared Public Speaking,Vegetable Evaluation and Identification, and Veterinary Assisting.
Local level: County Opening and Closing, Quiz Bowl, Livestock and Horse Evaluation.
We also had approximately 25 exhibits at the Polk County Youth Fair, with several students showing Market Hogs, Steers, Beef Breeding Projects, Rabbits, Chickens, and Plants.
Students also had several leadership opportunities including participating in the COLT conference, Chapter President Conference, Florida Leadership Adventures, Florida Outdoor Adventures.
In addition to our chapter officer team, we had students holding officer positions at the Federation and District levels, as well as screening for State office.
For more information on the AG and Vet programs: