Katie Smith began as EASTERN’s Veterinary Science instructor at the Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) in August 2016. Veterinary Science is EASTERN’s newest program and focuses on the small animal care field.
When Ms. Smith was a child, her grandparents always cared for many animals, and through her experiences with these animals, she always felt as though they would hold an important place in her future. During her senior year at Bishop McDevitt High School, she decided to apply to Delaware Valley College (now University) and was accepted to their Small Animal Science program. Since that time, she has worked in many areas of the animal care industry, including positions such as vet assistant, pet sitter, veterinary nutrition products salesperson, and she also ran her own private animal rescue.
Through all of the animal care positions that she held during and after college, she felt teaching would be a great fit for her. She decided to go back to Delaware Valley College for their Teacher Certification Internship Program (TCIP) and became a certified Biology teacher. She obtained a job teaching in a career and technical school and attended Temple University’s Vocational Certification program. Prior to EASTERN, Ms. Smith taught Veterinary Sciences at Technical College High School for seven years.
Ms. Smith plans to continue her education through Temple University for her Masters of Science in Education as well as Penn Foster College to obtain her Certified Veterinary Technician licensure.
Veterinary Science at EASTERN provides the opportunity to pursue a career in the animal care industry. In this two-year half-day program, students will learn to support veterinarians by providing assistance during animal examinations; treatment administration and monitoring; managing animal and related health record information; and how to perform a range of selected practice-related duties.