Phone: (864)222-4120 ext. 83144
Degrees and Certifications:
B.S. Animal and Veterinary Science (Clemson University) M.S. Agriculture and Extension Education (NC State) 30+ PhD Credit Hours in Animal Science from Clemson University.
Mrs. Cary Rita
I was born and raised in South Carolina. My passion for agriculture developed early in my childhood. My mother, who graduated from Clemson with a B.S. in Animal and Veterinary Sciences, and I were always bring home sick animals to nurse back to health. My father would speak about life on the tobacco farms and the importance of hard work. My Fall seasons were spent eating peanuts and watching my grandfather judge livestock shows at the local and state fairs.
During my time at Clemson University, I challenged myself to gain experience with every animal available at the university. I showed dairy cattle, completed research at the swine and beef farm, helped a fellow collegue at the poultry farm, and took riding lesson at the equestrian farm. I even assisted in research on sharks! I also continued to work at a local small animal veterinary practice where I gained experience in animal handling, laboratory techniques, surgical procedures, and radiology.
My husband and I own a small farm in Anderson, SC. We have horses, pigs, chickens, cats, and a dog. Most of our free time is spent on our farm, riding horses, or enjoying adventures with our friends.
Welcome to the Agriculture and Veterinary Science Pathway.
1. Agriculture and Biosystems
The Agricultural and Biosystems Science course is designed to teach essential concepts and understanding related to skills needed in pursuing a career in a biotechnology field. Emphasis is placed on scientific research and development and how it can be used to create the future advancements in Agriculture. In addition the course will teach the basic principles of plant and animal science as well as the role of agriculture in our society and the importance of agriculture to the welfare of the world. Basic personal and community leadership and safety practices are included as a part of the instructional program. Each student is expected to design and participate in a supervised agricultural experience.
2. Animal Science
The Animal Science course is designed to provide an overview of the animal science industry. It provides information on the biological make-up of various species of agricultural livestock. It also provides students with information on animal behavior that would be beneficial before embarking on a career in Animal Science. This course is a good prerequisite for other courses in Animal Science.
3. Small Animal Care
The Small Animal Care course is designed to teach technical knowledge and skills for occupations in the pet industry or the companion animal industry. Skills also relate to the veterinarian or the veterinarian technician career field. Typical instructional activities include hands-on experiences with cats, dogs, rabbits, fish, etc. participating in personal and community leadership development activities; and planning a relevant school to work transition experience.
4. Introduction to Veterinary Sciences
In this advanced animal science course, students will explore the field of veterinary medicine. Students will study the role of a veterinarian and veterinary technician in the diagnosis and treatment of animal diseases. Topics to be discussed include: veterinary terminology, anatomy and physiology, pathology, genetics, handling and restraint, and physical examinations along with common surgical skills. Students will engage in a variety of laboratory activities and will participate in shadowing and/or other school-to-work experiences.
5. Equine Science (Optional)
The Equine Science course is designed to teach essential concepts and practical experience related to the care taking and production of horses. Instruction emphasizes knowledge and understanding of the importance of maintaining, selecting, and managing horses. Basic methods and safety techniques are included in this course. Typical instruction activities include hands-on experiences in saddling, bridling, grooming, and judging horses; feeding and health techniques; and housing design.
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