Our veterinarian unit covers different animals from horse to cat, dog, llama, monkey, rabbit, goat, etc.
Even more than focusing on the animal itself, we focus on the techniques and skills a veterinarian must grow in, such as learning how to use diagnosis of exclusion, labs, how to suture a wound on an animal (and when not to do so, re: bacterial growth), how to diagnose animals with vitamin deficiencies, etc.
Due to the nature of the heavier science/medical content, we have more reading in this unit to help draw in the younger students in a fun and engaging way!
They’ll be learning:
– salt toxicity in goats (applicable to sheep)
– ventral hernias
– how to suture and repair hernias
– concepts of shock in pets and how to diagnose
– how to “open” a wound
– the process of how the veterinarian uses x-rays and scans
– heat stroke
– difference between signs and symptoms
– small intestine
– large intestine
– sepsis (and cause)
– testing capillary refill to check for animal health
– discussing animal depression
– going over sedation
– healthy GI sounds
– hemorrhagic gastroenteritis
– how to tape down an IV
– concepts of antibiotics and infections
– learning the concept of blood sampling
– learning how to suit up for surgery
– how to take a fecal float sample
– what a day at the office is like
– how a general practitioner’s work is different than one with an equine specialty (etc)
– dental issues of felines and canines
– perforations of the abdomen
– how to check an animal’s TPR
– what mucus membranes are
– how vet techs function alongside veterinarians…
And, ultimately, regardless of which animal we used in the lesson to “teach” the medical issue, we often tried to pick illnesses/injuries/concepts and brainstorming processes that could apply to many more animals than just that one, if possible.
The students follow along in their own veterinary journal and try to “figure out the problem” with the animals just as the real DVMs (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) that we job shadowed had to do; therefore, they get a first-hand look into what it is like to practice veterinary medicine and how such doctors utilize brainstorming skills each day.
There is also a bonus lesson on degenerative disk disease, ataxia, proprioception loss, and polyradiculoneuritis. Basically, how to tell the difference between spinal disease and neurological issues and other issues. Respiratory issues are also addressed, as are tick-borne illnesses.
In sum, while not every animal or illness could be used, the unit creates a great foundation. What we hope to have provided is a working model for how to work like a vet, how to brainstorm like a vet, how to grow in medical knowledge with animals in general, and how to test hypotheses just like a DVM has to do!
This unit is part of our “THROUGH THE EYES OF” category. You will receive:
- 12 lessons (30 minutes at a time and STOP when the buzzer goes off)
- ALL journals (~120 pages each for Elementary – Adult)
- elementary, middle school, high school, adult + pre-reader pages!
- specifically choreographed to be used together
- Just download, print, and go!
- Contributions from experts and professionals in particular professions or skill trades from across the world
- Downloads appear immediately after purchase and can also be accessed through an account page
- You get to keep your products forever, to be reused over and over again as the children grow
This unit (as usual) contains Core Connections in the appendix!
Our language arts Core Connection in this unit is focusing on how to take BIG words and make them SIMPLER (a skill every vet has to learn so they don’t speak to pet owners in medical lingo) . Think it’s easy? It’s not! By utilizing the Charlotte Mason principle of “not how much but how well,” we guide you day by day in learning the skill of how to communicate across barriers (be it educational barriers, age, profession, etc). This is critical for an aspiring veterinarian. We also tie in bedside manner and empathetic phrases. Not only are these required skills for the profession, but they are helpful in EVERYday life! You will be learning the true ART of language.
For History Core Connections, we will be tying in things from great leaders (think Napoleon) and their warrior horses, to the very first veterinarians. We are including picture studies and even the history of a poodle!
Math Core Connections take you all the way through upper levels (high school) and in the upper levels ties into medicine concentration, dosing, entrepreneurship, and more! This helps to open up the student’s mind in understanding “Where am I ever going to use this math?” and it sets them on their journey of knowing what kinds of math to study.
This is such a fun unit for the whole family, whether or not you will be a veterinarian one day!
**We do recommend purchasing or making a stethoscope for the unit, but it is certainly not required**