Room 119 at Ellet High School is more than just an ordinary classroom. It’s a room filled with future veterinarians, groomers and business owners.
Ann Rose, animal management instructor at Ellet High School, says the two-year, career-education program teaches students how to manage responsibilities in a real work environment beyond the textbooks.
“When you’re in here, you kind of lose that option of being that high school student because you’ve taken on that responsibility,” said Rose.
Once students finish the program, they will receive a state certificate based on what they’ve mastered in class. The course focuses on grooming, managing schedules and the skills necessary to become a vet assistant.
The program also includes a competition in Columbus where students can compete in several categories including grooming, animal health and animal management.
“There’s a lot of work we have to do,” said 18-year-old Brianna Dovies-Thomas, a senior at Ellet High School. “I think that’s good for when you go to work because you’re going to have to work and not play all the time.”
Grooming services are offered at a discounted price where the profits are used to purchase material and supplies for the classroom.
On the web: www.ellet.org/ce/88-animal-management