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Veterinary Science Certificate Program

The Veterinary Science Certificate Program is coordinated through the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD) and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. It offers a sound platform for students who wish to pursue an associate, undergraduate, graduate or professional degree in veterinary sciences. The program includes a One Health component that integrates human, animal and environmental health sciences, as well as a laboratory component. It emphasizes the public health and regulatory aspects of zoonotic and transboundary diseases. Currently, no other secondary veterinary science program in the United States has the depth and scope of the developed IIAD curriculum, which integrates and includes core sciences, clinical medicine, One Health and laboratory science in 150 lessons.

This national program addresses a need in the veterinary paraprofessional workforce by providing training toward eventual professional certification in the One Health approach to provide support for professionals in human, environmental and animal medicine. It offers job-placement assistance for veterinary paraprofessionals who come out of the program. The program also contributes to economic development in urban and rural areas. Adoption and expansion are ongoing in multiple states.

Features and benefits

  • Provides students with the knowledge, motivation, and skills necessary to pursue their educational and career goals.
  • Offers a sound platform for students who wish to pursue an associate, undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree in veterinary sciences.
  • Open to students at participating high schools, 4-H programs, and also as an independent self-study program.
  • Designed for eventual use at three levels: youth organizations (such as 4-H and FFA), high schools, and community colleges.
  • Ranks among the largest sets of resources available to students and teachers who wish to enter the paraprofessional realm.

 Questions about the program? 

Contact Heather Simmons, DVM, MSVPH, or Floron “Buddy” C. Faries, Jr., DVM.

For more information on the program, including the curriculum plans, or to download informational brochures, visit aevm.tamu.edu/4-h-veterinary-science.