Off-Campus Field Trip

Provider: Suncoast Technical College Veterinary Assisting Program

Contact: Blanca Diaz

Starting cost per student: $0

Additional Info:

Max. Capacity: 25

Transportation Needed?  Yes

Who Arranges Transportation? Other (see description)

Is Financial Assistance Offered?  No


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While observing both human and animal behavior…discover how a variety of trained staff uses clues, research, and technologies to diagnose and treat animals unable to speak. Come visit Suncoast Technical College’s Veterinary Assisting Program and hear first-hand from the Director of the program and the students why saving animals is their passion. Experience how that passion translates into their quest to become veterinarians, veterinarian technicians, or veterinarian assistants.



Experience first-hand demonstrations from advanced students as per the following three rotations:


Rotation one (20 minute rotation):

Students will participate in techniques involved in the proper restraint and handling of animals. Knowledge of these techniques is essential in reducing stress and fear when examinations or procedures are performed.

Rotation two (20 minute rotation): 

Using syringes, students will understand that intramuscular injections are absorbed faster than subcutaneous injections, impacting the volume of medication given..

Rotation three: (20 minute rotation): 

In a discussion format, the advanced student interns will provide information about the many career options available, focus on the certifications that can be achieved, and on scholarship and financial assistance available.  Included in that discussion will be the interns’ own real-world experiences when working at the various veterinary locations.


Field trips provide active learning that reinforce classroom experiences; expose students to real-world workplace environments; and allow explorations of career options. Experiential field trips give students knowledge of their interests and career aspirations, and how they see the world ( Relevance is a key! This exploration is designed for students who love animals and think they may have a desire to care for them. Suncoast Technical College helps with that preparation by providing a two-year course of study in which students are able to earn their certification as a veterinarian technician, perhaps the first stepping stone to earning more advanced college degrees in the world of veterinary medicine. Veterinary medicine is more than a science and animal profession; it is a people profession as well. Veterinary staff must be able to communicate with owners of beloved pets, and that involves taking high school courses that involve interpersonal, leadership, and communication skills. Understanding the connections between what is being taught and the requirements of a career are essential to both increased student achievement as well as to the development of a trained community-based workforce. When teachers, students, and parents can assess meaningful connections and transfer that knowledge from class to real world, everyone benefits.

THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION OF SARASOTA COUNTY is serving as the coordinating organization for the EdExploreSRQ Interactive (or Experiential) Career Series. 


SC.68.CS-PC. 2.6, SC.68.CS-PC 2.8, SC.68.CS-PC 1.1, LAFS.68.RH.1.2, LAFS.68.RST.3.9, MAFS.K12.MP.3, MAFS.K12.MP.1.1, SS.8.FL.1, CIP.0614130100, Program #: 8401100

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