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Small Animal Care

  • Explore the science of veterinary medicine including animal care, disease prevention, and clinical procedures
  • Care for small animals such as birds, dogs, rabbits, and reptiles alongside a veterinary professional
  • Develop and apply professional dog grooming and animal care techniques

Prepared for advanced certification, immediate employment, and further education
College Credit ~ Scholarships ~ Early Job Placement

  • National Associate of Veterinary Technicians in America – Approved Veterinary Assistant
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration 10 Hour General Industry

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  • CTASM001 Introduction to Animal Science - 3 Semester Hours

Junior Year Courses

  • Career Technical Program: 4 High School Credits

  • English: 1 High School Credit

  • Government: 1 High School Credit

  • Math: 1 High School Credit

Senior Year Courses

  • Career Technical Program: 4 High School Credits

  • English: 1 High School Credit

  • Math: 1 High School Credit

  • Science: 1 High School Credit

Drug Free Club

Drug Free Club is a voluntary club that gives students an added reason to say “no” to drugs. By participating, students agree to random drug screens during the school year. A-Tech will also offer several perks to the students to encourage their participation. We will schedule the first drug test within the first two months of the school year. After the student takes the first drug test, they will receive a membership card from the Drug Free Club. During the rest of the school year, they may be randomly tested. To participate in the program students and their parents need to complete the membership application and turn it in to the Student Services Office.

National Honor Society

The National Honor Society is a nationwide organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character. Requirements for being inducted into the National Honor Society are outlined in the Student Handbook.


FFA is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of young people by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Students also have the ability to participate in various competitions that directly relate to their career-technical program at the local, district, and state levels.

Student Ambassadors

Student Ambassadors are involved in tours, sophomore visits, and many other school activities on and off campus. Student Ambassadors work at various events held throughout the year.

The following are considerations for eligibility to become a Student Ambassador:

  • Good grades

  • On track for a Career-Technical Certificate

  • Outstanding Attendance

  • Recommendation from Career-Technical Instructor

  • Permission from parent or guardian

  • A friendly, outgoing attitude and be willing to participate in district events.


Youth Philanthropy Board

Youth Philanthropy Board is composed of A-Tech students who have the mission of assisting the direction of funding non-profit organizations with special projects that need monetary assistance in our community. 

With the goal of directly benefiting the people in our area, students also focus on ways to give back through service learning, expanding leadership skills, and the use of their individual talents and energy to help in this type of endeavor. The Ashtabula Foundation provides funding for the Youth Philanthropy Board to distribute to worthy community groups and organizations, who meet certain criteria on their applications as a 501 C3 non-profit. 

To be on the Youth Philanthropy Board, a student must have a recommendation from an A-Tech Instructor. Other areas that are considered when making the selections are a student’s grades, discipline, and attendance.

Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers

Ohio Annual Salary- $29,590

Ohio Hourly Wage- $14.22

Education-High School Diploma

Feed, water, and examine pets and other non-farm animals for signs of illness, disease, or injury in laboratories and animal hospitals and clinics. Clean and disinfect cages and work areas, and sterilize laboratory and surgical equipment. May provide routine postoperative care, administer medication orally or topically, or prepare samples for laboratory examination under the supervision of veterinary or laboratory animal technologists or technicians, veterinarians, or scientists.

Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

Ohio Annual Salary- $63,750

Ohio Hourly Wage- $30.65

Education- Bachelor’s Degree

Study the origins, behavior, diseases, genetics, and life processes of animals and wildlife. May specialize in wildlife research and management. May collect and analyze biological data to determine the environmental effects of present and potential use of land and water habitats.

Animal Scientists

Ohio Annual Salary- $65,090

Ohio Hourly Wage- $31.29

Education- Doctoral Degree

Conduct research in the genetics, nutrition, reproduction, growth, and development of domestic farm animals.

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