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Tampa Bay area high school expands its innovative 4-year veterinary program

Jacobson Technical High School veterinary program
Posted at 4:29 AM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 07:49:37-04

SEMINOLE, Fla. — Juliet is a big fluffy rabbit and a real rock star at Richard O. Jacobson Technical High School in Seminole.

She is helping students at the school become certified veterinary assistants.

The veterinary science program at Jacobson Tech is a remarkable four-year journey that starts with basic grooming and health. It goes all the way to medical and anatomy studies.

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Seniors will graduate with the skills and the certification to enter the veterinary workforce.

“I’d like to be a veterinarian someday, and this is the place to be,” says freshman Alexis Silva.

Right now, vet students at the Pinellas County school can work with horses, cows, birds, pigs and rabbits like Juliet.

Soon the campus will features its crowning jewel, a brand-new Veterinary Sciences Building, which will house two main animals not yet here: dogs and cats.

For more on the Jacobson Tech veterinary program, visit