High school students get first-hand veterinary training

NEW YORK – A group of 30 New York high school students will get the opportunity to learn first-hand about the different experiences a veterinarian can have – from caring for zoo animals to examining a dog’s teeth.

The students were selected to participate in the High School Veterinary Career Exploration program, a series of four classes held every Thursday in the month of October by the Veterinary Medical Association of New York City (VMANYC).

The classes are from 7-8:30 p.m.  starting Thursday, Oct. 8 and continuing throughout the month of October at the BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital at 410 W. 55th Street in Manhattan. The classes will feature a variety of different veterinarians, and some will offer live demonstrations on animals.

Among the speakers:

  • A board-certified veterinary surgeon
  • A veterinary technician from the Bronx Zoo
  • A board-certified veterinary dentist
  • The owner of a small-animal house call practice
  • A forensic veterinarian
  • An ER veterinarian

“Our goal is to illustrate in a very hands-on way the diverse array of career options that come from getting a degree as a veterinarian,”  said Dr. David Wohlstadter, a senior clinician at BluePearl and a VMANYC board member. “We’re hoping to inspire the next generation of veterinarians.”