CCSD Pathway Profile - Veterinary Science and Equine Science
Creekview High School Career Pathway teacher Chloe Lynch teaches a small animals lesson to students in her Veterinary Science and Equine Science program.
This week’s CCSD Pathway Profile focuses on Veterinary Science and Equine Science, with both programs offered at Creekview High School and the former offered at Etowah High School. CCSD offers 38 Career Pathway high school programs, which provide students with a wide selection of job exploration and preparation electives. Through CCSD Pathway Profiles, we regularly share highlights with you from one of these programs …
Creekview High School Career Pathway teacher Chloe Lynch was inspired to become a teacher by participating in her school’s agriculture education program.
Today, she works to inspire the next generation through the school’s Veterinary Science and Equine Science programs.
Ms. Lynch, who is in her first year teaching the new Pathways, which are part of the school’s popular agriculture program offerings, previously worked in zoo and environmental education.
“Agriculture touches almost every part of our lives,” said Ms. Lynch, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agriculture education. “Students will walk away from this program a better consumer, stronger leader and have a strong foundation to start off their life after high school no matter the path they choose. There are endless opportunities for growth and career exploration and so many chances to step beyond a typical classroom experience.”
Sophomore Jackson Moore said the school’s agriculture program offers him ample opportunity to explore possible career paths.
“From veterinary science to welding or carpentry, the program supplies not only myself, but also everyone who takes the classes, with multiple career options that give me a future to look forward to,” he said.
Ms. Lynch said her Veterinary Science and Equine Science classes are filled with numerous popular activities, and one of the most engaging is emergency response.
“Students go through different animal emergency situations and learn what to do,” she said. “From animal CPR to bites from dogs, they learn to care for injured animals and humans. It is super applicable and teaches them how to respond in high stress situations.”
Within the Pathway, classes offered include: basic agricultural science, animal science and biotechnology, veterinary science and equine science. Students can earn a science credit toward graduation through the program. They can compete in FFA Future Farmers of America state and national career skills programs and contests.
This Pathway prepares students for careers including, but not limited to: veterinarian, veterinary technology, veterinary technician, animal scientist, zoologist, wildlife biologist, park naturalist, fish and game warden, equestrian program coordinator, horse barn manager, horseback riding instructor, stable hand, agriculture program manager.
The average income range for careers in this Pathway in Georgia is $33,000 to $99,000. Local and area employers for this Pathway include, but are not limited to: Cherokee County Animal Shelter, Allatoona Animal Hospital, Animal Hospital of Towne Lake, Animal Medical Center of Holly Springs, Cherokee Animal Hospital, Highway 92 Animal Hospital, Riverstone Animal Hospital, South Cherokee Veterinary Hospital, Union Hill Animal Hospital, Waleska Animal Hospital, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Georgia Equine Veterinary Services, KLM Equine, Thompson & Associates Equine Medicine, BEATS (Bethany's Equine and Aquatic Therapy Services), East Cobb Stables, Foxcroft Farm Equestrian Center, Stables at Towne Lake, Zoo Atlanta, Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, Atlanta Dogworks.