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VETERINARY MEDICINE MERIT BADGE

SCOUTMASTER BUCKY CLASS PREPARATION PAGE

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GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

 

Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration.  Remember there will be others checking in as well and depending on the size of the class and the event the class is being held in conjunction with that registration may take a little time.
 

You should bring a blue card filled out properly for this class. (Scoutmaster Bucky Online participants - you should have forwarded your Blue card to Scoutmaster Bucky prior to the class via email or postal mail Scoutmaster Bucky - 5724 Aldrich Avenue South  Minneapolis, Minnesota  55419.) If you are not familiar with how to fill out a blue card, you should familiarize yourself with Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card" document. Click here for Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card".  Remember it is a Scout's responsibility to take care of their own blue card from beginning to end.


Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn for attending this Merit Badge session.   If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities. The merit badge pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a merit badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide directions as to where one can find the answers.  It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event.

You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Veterinary Medicine Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Veterinary Medicine Merit Badge Workbook by clicking here.  If this link is not working please check the internet for other merit badge workbook options.

It should be noted that this merit badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this merit badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST.

 

 

VETERINARY MEDICINE MERIT BADGE SPECIFICS

 

Things to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

1. Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster

2. Veterinary Medicine Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge which may also include a Merit Badge Workbook for reference with notes

5. A positive Scouting focus and attitude

Following is an outline of the class to help you prepare.  Note that Scouts will be signed off only on those requirements that the Merit Badge Counselor determines meets the requirements; no more no less  This Merit Badge should not be expected to be earned without preparation and work

 

1. Discuss with your counselor the roles a veterinarian plays in the following:

a. Companion or small animal medicine, and equine medicine

b. Food animal or large animal medicine

c. Exotic animal medicine

d. Marine animal medicine (mammal and fish)

e. Poultry medicine

f. Wildlife medicine and aquaculture medicine

Scouts should be prepared and  make notes to assist them with the discussion during the class. Scouts will not automatically be signed off on this requirement just for attending as the requirement states that they must discuss a number of items and will be required to partake in group and/or individual discussion to obtain credit.

 

2. Discuss with your counselor the roles a veterinarian plays in the following:

a. Public health medicine and zoonotic disease surveillance and control

b. The military

c. Food safety and inspection

d. Laboratory animal medicine and research

e. Teaching and government

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to discuss.  It is strongly recommended that Scouts bring any notes or supporting documents they may have to help show the counselor that they have prepared for discussion of these items.

 

3. Describe the training required to become a veterinarian. Where is the veterinary medical college nearest you? Describe the prerequisites for applying to veterinary school

MOST of this requirement will be covered in the class but Scouts are still urged to review their merit badge pamphlet to have a basic understanding of this requirement prior to the class. Scouts desiring to complete this requirement in class will need to determine the closest veterinary medical college to where they live and bring their findings to class with them to share.

 

4. Tell your counselor what a registered veterinary technician (R.V.T.) or animal health technician (A.H.T.) is. Describe the training required to become an R.V.T. or A.H.T. Where is the school or facility for R.V.T. or A.H.T. training nearest you? Describe the role an R.V.T. or A.H.T. would play in assisting a veterinarian working in three of the practice types listed in requirement 1

This requirement will be completed with the counselor in the class.  Scouts still should make sure they review the merit badge pamphlet for insight into information about his requirement.

 

5. Discuss with your merit badge counselor the role a veterinarian plays in the human-animal bond

Scouts should have this requirement's findings written out to help show the counselor that some thought and research went into a pre-class effort. Scouts should be prepared to discuss their findings.

 

6. Do ONE of the following:

a. Visit a veterinary clinic, hospital, or veterinary referral teaching hospital that does work in one of the practices listed in requirement 1. Spend as much time as you can observing the veterinarians and their staff. Write a report on what you observed and learned at the facility. Share your report with your counselor

b. Spend as much time as possible with a veterinarian who works in one of the fields listed in requirement 2. Learn what special training beyond veterinary medical school may have been required for that position. Learn about any special or unusual activities required of this position. Write a report on what you have learned about this field of veterinary medicine. Include in your report how this field serves the needs of the general public. Share your report with your counselor

The merit badge counselor facilitating this class will share a lot of information that Scouts will find useful for compiling information to complete requirement 6b. Both options to this requirement include an element requiring Scouts to write a report on their findings.  While some time will be allotted in the class for this requirement it cannot be guaranteed that enough time to compose a report will be made available in the class.  Scouts wishing to insure their highest chance of completing this requirement in the class should consider completing this requirement on their own prior to the class and bring their work to the class to share and review with the counselor.

 

this page last reviewed and updated - December 2015