WACO, TX – It’s no shock that Texans love their animals and caring for these animals is a tough job, sometimes we need vets to help us get through these tough times. Waco ISD hosted a veterinary day during their summer enrichment program, a summer school to inspire children and possible future careers.
Grace Scott is entering third grade and she already knows she wants to be a vet when she grows up.
“I feel like that’s what I was supposed to do,” Scott said.
Dressed in her scrubs and wearing her stethoscope, she was ready to watch all the animals brought in by Super Serpentss, they taught the kids how they care for animals you might not find in every home. Watching snakes, spiders and bearded dragons, owner Don May always has fun teaching kids about these very special animals.
“It’s rewarding, and to get them to overcome a fear, it’s something to watch that growth in a matter of minutes,” May said.
Scott was reluctant to stroke these really big snakes, but she came to the idea when it was time to learn.
“I really wanted to examine the animals, that’s why I brought this,” Scott said, pointing to his stethoscope.
Data from the US Census Bureau shows that employment growth for veterinarians has been steadily increasing since 2018. However, over the next ten years, this occupation is expected to grow 3 times faster than the average rate of employment growth. national.
May explains that he knows how to take care of these animals, but that it’s always important to have a vet on hand if he needs care for any of his scaled friends.
“There are certain needs of these animals and if you have no one there is no one to help them when they get sick,” May said.
Scott hopes to be the one to help when the time comes. Gifted and talented Enrichment Program Coordinator Gina Pasisis says it’s about setting goals, but most of all tracking learning during these summer months.
“If we can spark students’ enthusiasm for their future careers and college opportunities in elementary school, we can ensure academic success,” Pasisis said.
With the pandemic, there are fears that children may not have absorbed all the information they would normally have over the course of a school year, so this summer school will help fill that need.
“We see that we have gaps because of the pandemic, but we are doing everything to close those gaps as quickly as possible,” Pasisis said.
The average salary is $ 98,827 and currently women dominate this workforce by almost 30,000 more than men. By 2028, there are expected to be 94,600 veterans.
With the Waco ISD program, Pasisis sees students engaged, ready to learn and excited for every day. Something they may not have felt in the past year.
“Children are entitled to learning opportunities that include collaboration, interaction, critical thinking, creativity, rich literacy and problem solving,” Pasisis said.
When you ask Scott why she wants to be a vet, the answer is simple and her time at school has made that decision even easier.
“Animals help humans, but every time I help animals, I feel like I’m helping humans too,” Scott said.