2015 – 2016 Florida Department of Education Curriculum Framework

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2015 – 2016

Florida Department of Education

Curriculum Framework

Program Title: Veterinary Assisting

Program Type: Career Preparatory

Career Cluster: Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources


Program Number


CIP Number


Grade Level

30, 31

Standard Length

750 hours

Teacher Certification






SOC Codes (all applicable)

31-9096 - Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers

29-2056 - Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

CTE Program Resources


Basic Skills Level

Mathematics: 9

Language: 9

Reading: 9


This program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources career cluster; provides technical skill proficiency, and includes competency-based applied learning that contributes to the academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, and occupation-specific skills, and knowledge of all aspects of the veterinary assisting industry within the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources career cluster.

The content includes but is not limited to broad, transferable skills and stresses understanding and demonstration of the following elements of the veterinary assisting industry: planning, management, finance, technical and production skills, underlying principles of technology, labor issues, community issues and health, safety and environmental issues. The program also provides supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed as veterinary assistants.

Program Structure

This program is a planned sequence of instruction consisting three postsecondary adult courses that comprise three occupational completion points. Planned and Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE) must be provided through one or more of the following: (1) directed laboratory experience, (2) student project, (3) placement for experience, or (4) cooperative education.

This program is comprised of courses which have been assigned course numbers in the SCNS (Statewide Course Numbering System) in accordance with Section 1007.24 (1), F.S. Career and Technical credit shall be awarded to the student on a transcript in accordance with Section 1001.44 (3)(b), F.S.
The following table illustrates the post-secondary program structure:


Course Number

Course Title


SOC Code



Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers 1

450 hours




Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers 2

150 hours




Veterinary Assistant

150 hours


Common Career Technical Core – Career Ready Practices

Career Ready Practices describe the career-ready skills that educators should seek to develop in their students. These practices are not exclusive to a Career Pathway, program of study, discipline or level of education. Career Ready Practices should be taught and reinforced in all career exploration and preparation programs with increasingly higher levels of complexity and expectation as a student advances through a program of study.

1. Act as a responsible and contributing citizen and employee.
2. Apply appropriate academic and technical skills.
3. Attend to personal health and financial well-being.
4. Communicate clearly, effectively and with reason.
5. Consider the environmental, social and economic impacts of decisions.
6. Demonstrate creativity and innovation.
7. Employ valid and reliable research strategies.
8. Utilize critical thinking to make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
9. Model integrity, ethical leadership and effective management.
10. Plan education and career path aligned to personal goals.
11. Use technology to enhance productivity.
12. Work productively in teams while using cultural/global competence.


After successfully completing this program, the student will be able to perform the following:

Describe veterinary science and the role of animals in society.

  1. Describe the socioeconomic role of veterinary sciences on the companion animal livestock industries.

  2. Discuss the human-animal bond and its effects on human health.

  3. Demonstrate the proper use of veterinary science terminology.

  4. Identify careers in the animal industry.

  5. Practice safety.

  6. Recognize normal and abnormal animal behaviors.

  7. Restrain and control companion and livestock animals.

  8. Identify common breeds of companion animals.

  9. Investigate the common husbandry practices and daily care of several species of animals.

  10. Demonstrate basic first aid for companion and livestock animals.

  11. Demonstrate the use of tools, equipment and instruments in the veterinary science and companion animal industry.

  12. Demonstrate proper techniques in taking vital signs.

  13. Identify common breeds of livestock animals.

  14. Identify parts and functions of various systems of selected animals.

  15. Investigate the common husbandry practices and daily care of companion animals and exotic animals and fish.

  16. Explain the various methods of animal identification.

  17. Demonstrate knowledge of animal control and animal welfare organizations.

  18. Describe the problems, causes, and solutions of animal overpopulation.

  19. Locate and interpret animal-related laws.

  20. Identify the different digestive systems of animals and the nutritional requirements of selected species.

  21. Explain the reproductive system and breeding of selected animals.

  22. Identify common species and/or breeds of exotic animals.

  23. Demonstrate human-relations, communications, leadership and employability skills.

  24. Describe the importance of professional ethics and legal responsibilities.

  25. Differentiate between animal welfare and animal rights.

  26. Explain the role of animals in research.

  27. Maintain and analyze records.

  28. Demonstrate knowledge of preventive medicine and disease control.

  29. Explain diagnostic testing.

  30. Describe internal and external parasites and control methods.

  31. Groom selected companion and livestock animals.

  32. Describe exotic animals and the effects of captivity on them.

  33. Assess techniques used in surgical assisting and surgical preparation.

  34. Demonstrate knowledge of pharmacology.

  35. Explain proper methods of syringe and hypodermic needle use.

2015 – 2016

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