Veterinary Science

Associated Teachers/Faculty

Ms. Jennifer DeForge, Ms. Heather Hume, Ms. Leandra Pellegrino, Ms. Rebecca Smith and Ms. Tracey Olivieri

Career Program Description

The Veterinary Science program is designed to give students experience in the multitude of skills needed to work in the veterinary field. Throughout the course of this program, students will be able to practice restraints and medical procedures on rodents, reptiles, dogs, cats, livestock animals, and horses. Students will also develop skills in laboratory work, including performing blood testing, urinalysis, and tests for internal and external parasites as well as gain the ability to administer medication in a variety of ways from giving an injection, to pilling and drenching animals. Students will practice customer service skills and understand the role and responsibilities of each member of the veterinary healthcare team. Students will earn an OSHA 10 hour card and be certified to practice canine and feline CPR and first aid.

Career Paths

  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Veterinary Technician
  • Veterinary Technologist
  • Veterinarian
  • Zoological/Wildlife
  • Radiology Technician
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Animal Care Specialist
  • Academic
  • Pharmaceutical Representative
  • Laboratory Animal Technician


  • OSHA 10 Hour Health
  • Pet First Aid

Industry Partnerships

  • VCA Lynnfield Animal Hospital
  • Angell Animal Medical Center
  • Andover Animal Hospital
  • Borash Veterinary Clinic
  • Hamilton-Wenham Veterinary Hospital
  • SRH Veterinary Services
  • The National FFA Organization

Articulation Agreements 

  • North Shore Community College (pending)
  • University of New Hampshire (pending)
  • University of Massachusetts (pending)

Meeting Documents

Advisory Committee Members

Cathy Buckley, Andover Animal Hospital
Lisa Humphries
Hope Humphries
Renee Leavitt, Bulger Veterinary Hospital
Julia Lobel, Hamilton Wenham Vet Hospital
Cailen Pillsbury, Reading Animal Clinic
Jason Psalidas, New England Veterinary Hospital
Amanda Watson, Mass Veterinary Referral Hospital

Alumni Spotlight 

Tracy McNair, Class of 1995

Where are they now? Our Family Veterinary Services

What is their job title? Certified Veterinary Technician

“Essex North Shore gave me a great understanding about taking care of animals and the skills to pursue a rewarding career in the Veterinary field as a Certified Veterinary Technician”