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PRHS hosted Veterinary Assistant Summer Camp

The week of June 10th-13th PRHS hosted the Career and Technical Education Department's Career Readiness Veterinary Assistant summer camp for rising UCPS eighth and ninth graders. The camp was led by PRHS Agriculture teacher Cassidy Starnes and East Union Middle Agriculture teacher Morgan Molihan. The camp ran from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. each day at PRHS and students had the opportunity to do and learn the following.

  • Interact with live animals such as large and small breeds of dogs, rabbits, hedgehogs, and more.
  • Meet/talk to professionals in the veterinary field such as a vet school student and Veterinary Technician
  • Learn basic restraint procedures for small animals.
  • Perform a dissection and learn about basic animal anatomy
  • Learn about different career opportunities in the veterinary field and the requirements for each
  • Learn how to:
    • Properly apply bandages to small animals
    • Fill prescriptions
    • Assess basic patient health by taking their temperature, pulse and respiration rate
    • Properly write in a patient chart
    • Give intramuscular, intravenous, and sub-Q injections
    • Properly muzzle a dog


When asked about their favorite part of the camp on the first day, some of the participants said:

"My favorite part was meeting the animals." -Veronica Parneli

"My favorite parts were injecting the oranges and interacting with various animals." -Jules Ugues

"Orange injection and petting the bunny, dog and hedgehog." -Caitlin Bain


Cassidy Starnes-Agriculture Teacher