GREENE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Greene County Tech added a new course for students interested in animals.
The school is now offering a yearlong veterinary course in the agriculture department.
Agriculture teacher Casey Rodgers said he thinks adding a course of this nature helps meet student's interests and helps them prepare for the future.
"We have a very diverse student background here, and they take a lot of different ag course in the ag department, and we feel that it is important to meet the student's needs, their interest needs and try to help them in finding a new area to branch out in," Rodgers said.
Rodgers said he talked to two local veterinarians, one retired, to help teach parts of the course.
The course contains seven different parts including investigating careers, animal restraints, animal treatment and exams, research lab, sterilization, and disinfectants, demonstrate surgical procedures and investigating veterinarian regulation.
Rodgers said this course could help students interested in the veterinary field decide if it is a career path they would like to pursue.
"The course is fairly new to the state of Arkansas and the agriculture curriculum and frameworks. So we just felt that this was something we could offer to our students to try and help them in deciding if this is a field they are interested in going and pursuing," Rodgers said. "This might be able to help them either saying yeah this what I want to do or no I want to change."
The course could also help students get ahead in a veterinary career before even leaving high school.
"Also this may give them a leg up as far as a veterinarian assistant certification. Arkansas State University in Beebe has that program, so this could be a step for them to step into that and try to start their career that way," Rodgers said.
Rodgers said the course for this year full, and students are excited to start the class.
"We had a tremendous response; we got a full class load this time with a lot of eager students that are interested in learning more about this course," Rodgers said.
According to Rodgers, the course will be very hands-on for students.
He said having courses that let students experiment with different career choices is important.
"Students have an interest they have at the high school level, and if we can kind of help to spark that interest here it might give them a step or a leg up in their secondary in college to kind of help get them in that right direction instead of trial and error and waiting until later in life," Rodgers said.
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