Kennebunk, Maine –Animal Welfare Society (AWS) is pleased to announce that the application for Animal Care Intensive (ACI) is now open. ACI is a five-day series of workshops for high-school students deeply interested in a career in veterinary medicine. During the workshop series, students learn from and work directly with professionals and experts including veterinarians from a variety of specialties, licensed veterinary technicians, engineers, exotic animal handlers and laboratory technicians.
Students spend a day at the AWS Community Veterinary Clinic, located on Animal Welfare Society’s campus in Kennebunk. They will watch veterinarians in action, including completing surgeries, and assist veterinary and animal care technicians with exams and treatments. The program also includes interactive field trips to IDEXX Laboratories in Westbrook, Southern Maine Hospital for Small Mammals in Kennebunk and the Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals in Windham. On these field trips, students see first-hand how veterinary medicine is practiced in a variety of settings.
“This series of Animal Care Intensive workshops focuses specifically on Veterinary Medicine and the many ways veterinarians practice,” explains Amanda Zimmerman, AWS’s Youth Programs Coordinator who is overseeing the program’s curriculum. “Students watch and support the veterinarians in a variety of tasks, and experience first-hand what a career in veterinary medicine entails. This experience can help inform their interests and academic pursuits in the future.”
Animal Care Intensive is the only program of its kind in the area for high-school students to engage directly with veterinary professionals. The program runs Monday, February 19 – Friday, February 23 from 9 am – 2 pm at Animal Welfare Society in Kennebunk. Tuition is $400. Interested students should submit their application and accompanying essay by February 9. For more details and to access the application, please visit https://animalwelfaresociety.org/youth/animal-care-intensive/.
About Animal Welfare Society: Animal Welfare Society, a non-profit organization, exists to serve as the safety net for lost and homeless pets and to provide access to affordable services and resources necessary for long term well-being, so pets and their families stay together and thrive