Merit Badge Workbook
This Scoutmaster Bucky Merit Badge Workbook is based off the 2021 Scouts BSA Requirements.
Requirement 1: Discuss with your counselor the roles a veterinarian plays in the following:
Requirement 1a: Companion or small animal medicine, and equine medicine
Requirement 1b: Food animal or large animal medicine
Requirement 1c: Exotic animal medicine
Requirement 1d: Marine animal medicine (mammal and fish)
Requirement 1e: Poultry medicine
Requirement 1f: Wildlife medicine and aquaculture medicine
Requirement 2: Discuss with your counselor the roles a veterinarian plays in the following:
Requirement 2a: Public health medicine and zoonotic disease surveillance and control
Requirement 2b: The military
Requirement 2c: Food safety and inspection
Requirement 2d: Laboratory animal medicine and research
Requirement 2e: Teaching and government
Requirement 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.
Requirement 4: Tell your counselor what a registered veterinary technician (R.T.V.) 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.
Requirement 5: Discuss with your merit badge counselor the role a veterinarian plays in the human-animal bond.
Requirement 6: Do ONE of the following:
Requirement 6a: 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.
Requirement 6b: 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.