Akins students care for animals and prepare for future

Dozens of AISD students are paving the way for careers in the veterinary field. It's all happening inside the vet clinic at Akins High School.

One of the classrooms at Akins looks more like a clinic. The front door opens regularly to welcome people and their pets.

"We see pretty much everything and anything," said Jennifer Doyle who teaches the vet clinic at AHS. 

Dogs, cats, birds and other animals are welcome. 
"I signed up for the class because I love working with animals. It's my passion," said Jeremy Solis, a senior. Solis looks forward to clinic time, a course that doesn't feel like school. 
"They didn't have this when I went to high school. Usually you would need to go to vet tech school or a community college or get some type of field experience," said Doyle. 
With help from Happy, Ziggy and Ranger along with the other pets Doyle prepares the students of their future. 
"They are able to learn a lot of hands on techniques and are able to step out of the classroom and walk into a clinic and be able to perform a job immediately," said Doyle. 
For a small fee basic grooming services are available from perfecting paws to a nice bath. 
Through the course Solis and his classmates will become certified vet tech assistants. It's training he knows will help him later in life. 
"I plan on going to Texas A&M," said Solis. 
"Most of our students have a job in a clinic before they graduate that can help them pursue careers or it can give them a job while they are going to school," said Doyle. 
Pet owners support the clinic and keep the students busy. 
"We ended up with 23 dogs and are having to get more kennels to accommodate so the community loves it," said Doyle. 
The clinic takes appointments. For more information you can go to akinseagles.org 
Ten students will complete their certification in the spring and 103 are in the program this year. 
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