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VETERINARY MEDICINE MERIT BADGE

 

 

The Veterinary Medicine Merit Badge is one that all animal lovers will enjoy.

If you like the Veterinary Medicine Merit Badge, consider also doing Animal Science, Dog Care, Fish and Wildlife Management, Horsemanship, Medicine, Nature, Oceanography, Pets, or Public Health.

 

Scoutmaster Bucky offered this merit badge:

Saturday May 23, 2015

Minneapolis, MN

 

8 Scouts

Saturday December 22, 2012

Base Camp
Fort Snelling, MN

 

20 Scouts

Saturday April 7, 2012

Base Camp
Fort Snelling, MN

 

15 Scouts

Saturday February 12, 2011

Richfield, MN

 

21 Scouts

 

 

 

Created:

1973

 

 

Scoutmaster Bucky Class Prep Page:

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Scoutmaster Bucky Workbook:

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Veterinary Medicine Merit Badge History Page:

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MERIT BADGE REQUIREMENTS

source: Boy Scout Requirements, 2015 Edition

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

this page last reviewed and updated - December 2015