Students Discover There Is More to Vet Science than Cats and Dogs



September 20, 2018

Ever hear of an avian ophthalmologist?
 
“There actually is such a thing as an eye doctor for birds,” Christina Urbanski told her Veterinary Science students recently. “The field is not limited to dog and cat vets.”
 
Speaking to her Career and Technical Education students on the campus of Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES, Urbanksi set the students an assignment. “I’d like you each to research a different field within veterinary science, and then give a presentation on what you have learned.” With 25-plus students in the class, they still will not run out of occupations to discover, according to Urbanski. “The field is growing all the time.”
 
Students got to work researching everything from small animal vet to anesthesiologist, behavioral specialist, dermatologist, dentist, radiologist, lab technician and many other fields. Vet professionals work in zoos, aquariums and even government jobs such as at the Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Agriculture.
 
In addition to researching the educational requirements, schools that offer the major, and salary info, Urbanski asked students to research what areas of the country—or the world—those jobs would be most practical.
 
“For example, you probably won’t get a job as a marine mammal nutritionist in the Midwest,” she said. “But you would be likely to get a job on the coast.”
 
The students who take Urbanski’s class are passionate about animals. This program provides them with the knowledge and skills to pursue their goals through research, teacher lectures, lab activities, guest speakers, and internships.
 
Said Max Bellesheim, from Carmel, “One of the main reasons I really wanted to take this class is to learn all about the different job possibilities in veterinary medicine.” Bird eye doctor anyone?
 
Ashley Mackin and Max Bellesheim, Carmel, research jobs in the Veterinary Science class.