Veterinary Medicine Merit Badge for Boy Scouts

Veterinary Medicine Merit Badge for Boy Scouts

Boy Scouts will learn all about keeping animals in good health when they earn the Veterinary Medicine merit badge.

The field of veterinary medicine in the 21st century is one of the most exciting medical professions in which to work. The skills of a veterinarian are practiced with cutting-edge technology and treatment options, and the profession offers a wide range of career choices.

Veterinary Medicine Merit Badge Requirements

  1. 1. Discuss with your counselor the roles a veterinarian plays in the following:
    1. Companion or small animal medicine, and equine medicine
    2. Food animal or large animal medicine
    3. Exotic animal medicine
    4. Marine animal medicine (mammal and fish)
    5.  Poultry medicine
    6. Wildlife medicine and aquaculture medicine
  2. Discuss with your counselor the roles a veterinarian plays in the following:
    1. Public health medicine and zoonotic disease surveillance and control
    2. The military
    3. Food safety and inspection
    4. Laboratory animal medicine and research
    5. Teaching and government
  3. Describe the training required to become a veterinarian. Where is the veterinary medical college nearest you? Describe the prerequisites for applying to veterinary school.
  4. Tell your counselor what a registered veterinary technician (R.T.V.) or animal health technician (A.H.T.) is. Describe the training required to become an R.V.T. or A.H.T. Where is the school or facility for R.V.T. or A.H.T. training nearest you? Describe the role an R.V.T. or A.H.T. would play in assisting a veterinarian working in three of the practice types listed in requirement 1.
  5. Discuss with your merit badge counselor the role a veterinarian plays in the human-animal bond.
  6. Do ONE of the following:
    1. Visit a veterinary clinic, hospital, or veterinary referral teaching hospital that does work in one of the practices listed in requirement 1. Spend as much time as you can observing the veterinarians and their staff. Write a report on what you observed and learned at the facility. Share your report with your counselor.
    2. Spend as much time as possible with a veterinarian who works in one of the fields listed in requirement 2. Learn what special training beyond veterinary medical school may have been required for that position. Learn about any special or unusual activities required of this position. Write a report on what you have learned about this field of veterinary medicine. Include in your report how this field serves the needs of the general public. Share your report with your counselor.
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One Response to Veterinary Medicine Merit Badge for Boy Scouts

  1. Damon Edmondson November 15, 2012 at 10:13 AM #

    I will only say this: my middle son wanted to earn this so badly. As a Cub Scout he snuck a look at his older brother’s books and saw this listed on the inside back cover of a merit badge pamphlet….and wanted it. I think it compleed him to work harder to corss over sooner.
    And then the disappointment. It took us 2 years to get started. The council list was badly out of date, and as a result the nearest counselor was a 45+ minute drive away. We finally resolved it by attending a merit badge clinic (with that same counselor).
    So if your scout wants to be a vet, like mine, and you think this is a good one, do your homework, find a live functioning counselor or recruit your local vet.
    After all, only 3500 of this MB were earned nation wide in 2011 http://www.scouting.org/About/FactSheets/MeritBadges.aspx

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