Like rabbits and bunnies? Then you should take Vet Science

In My Own Words

In this installment of In My Own Words, Maddie Whispell talks her about the high school Veterinary Science course.

I am taking the Veterinary Science course. I choose this class because I want to be a veterinarian when I grow up.

In class we have two baby pigs that we take care of, we also have four bunnies. We have the mother bunny which is Alice, her boyfriend Bear, their daughter Stella, and a stray named Winnie.
Bear the Bunny
Everybody in vet science has a choice if they want to clean bunny cages or clean the pig pen. I choose to clean bunny cages, but I think I would rather clean the pig pens. When we first got the baby pigs our vet science teacher let them walk around the classroom which was a mess to clean up.

On that day we caught the baby pigs running around and they both slipped and fell on their sides which didn’t really hurt them. We also had a chance to pick up one of the pigs but the pigs were very noisy so I didn’t pick them up.

The bunnies on the other other hand are  friendly except Winnie who bites people randomly. Luckily, I've never been bitten. Alice, Bear, and Stella are all so soft and fluffy plus they like to cuddle. A couple of days ago we had to find out the temperature, respiration rate, and the heart rate of the four bunnies and the baby pigs.

To find the temperature, we stuck a thermometer up the pigs and bunnies rectum. To find the heart rate, we used a stethoscope and put it right under its feet near the belly and counted the heart beat for thirty seconds and took the number we had and divided it by two. To find the respiration rate we did the same thing but looked for the sound of breathing with a heart beat sort of sound to it. The bunnies weren’t that hard to deal with but the pigs were hard because they were mostly chewing on our shoes.

Veterinary Science Course Description
The Veterinary Science course examines the practical aspects of animal science as it relates to animal ownership, handling and health. The study of both large and small animals will be incorporated into this course. Areas to be covered include introductions to reproduction, pet care and management, animal CPR, digestive and nutrition systems, animal disease, animal rights, animal welfare, animal communication/behavior, and animal breeds. Leadership and community development will also be a part of this course. This course is recommended for any student interested in animals.

--By Maddie Whispell, LS News reporter

In My Own Words is a first person written series that highlights Lampeter-Strasburg High School students activities.

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