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Pima JTED students learn veterinary skills through program

Posted at 4:33 AM, May 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-14 12:52:02-04

TUCSON, Ariz. - Students a part of one Pima JTED classroom are not only walking away with veterinary skills, but also veterinary assistant certificates.

In order to receive the certificate, students must be enrolled in two years of the program.

Through the program, students learn how to properly fill out medical paperwork, how to muzzle dogs and cats and even how to properly set-up a surgical room.

Though the purpose of the program is to equip students with a certificate to continue their veterinary careers, Ashley Williams, an instructor says the class is more than that.

"I would say that is the goal. When they leave, when they finish our program, we want them to have a plan for their future and even if that's not the plan they started off with, that's OK as long as they know solidly where they want to go and how they're going to get there," said Williams.

Kaiya Davis, a senior at Canyon Del Oro, said she always wanted to work with animals and having the opportunity to be a part of this program solidified that dream for her.

Davis will earn her veterinary assistant certificate when she graduates, after that she plans to continue on this career path.

"My next step is I'm gonna go to the University of Arizona, major in veterinary science and I'm hoping by then I'm going to work in a veterinary clinic getting my veterinary license here will help me go there and I will maybe one be a veterinarian," said Davis.