Veterinary Science

9301 South Wights Fort Road
West Jordan, UT 84088
Building #1, Room 103
Classes taught:
  • Veterinary Assistant I (1 credit)
  • Veterinary Assistant II (1 credit)


Program Description:
This program is designed for juniors and seniors with an interest in animal care and nursing. This course offers students the opportunity to explore different avenues of the veterinary profession and other animal care careers. In this program we will complete the Veterinary Assisting 1 & 2 courses, covering animal anatomy and physiology, health and diseases, pharmacology, imaging, behavior, and much more. This will be accomplished through classroom learning, hands on experiences, case studies, dissections, laboratory procedures, and clinical experiences.


Program Expectations:

Please be aware that as a part of this program students will be exposed to a variety of small, large, and exotic animals. We will follow proper animal handling procedures, but ultimately animals can be unpredictable, injuries are possible. Any incidents will be handled promptly. Students will be expected to participate in the labs and animal projects. Clinical observations at local veterinary hospitals or animal facilities are a required part of the program. Students will be responsible for transportation to their clinical site.


Applying to the Program:

Sophomore and junior high school students interested in applying for the Veterinary Science Program should have completed a biology class prior to the start of the program and at least one of the following courses: Animal Science I, AP Biology, Genetics, Marine Biology & Oceanography, Wildlife Biology, Zoology, or Medical Anatomy & Physiology.

Deadlines for applying are February 28th for students of the Jordan School District and March 31st for students from other districts in Salt Lake County (Canyons, Murray, Granite, and Salt Lake).


Program Fees:

Advanced class fee - $30
FFA Membership - $30 
    -May be fulfilled at JATC or home high school.
    -Includes T-shirt
SLCC Parking Pass - $20
FFA Travel ~$100
About the Teacher:
Ms. Sydnee Roholt has a strong passion for animals big and small. She grew up with horses which she used for rodeo, hunting, and trail rides. Her original career path out of high school was to become a veterinarian. She went to Colorado State University following her high school graduation. There she had several experiences that led her to agricultural education. She returned to Utah to complete a bachelors degree in Agricultural Education. She taught three years at JATC South in the Plant Science and Natural Resource path ways. Ms. Roholt is very excited to be back in the animal world in the JATC North Vet Assisting program.
Teaching Philosophy:
Students are in this program to learn. I do not expect everyone to be experts or perfect at every procedure. I do however expect everyone to participate and try, as that is the way we learn and improve.