Clint ISD vet program prepares students for real world

    Clint High School student Alessia Aguirre is in the district's vet program. It's a partnership with Animal Services. (Courtesy: Animal Services.)

    There’s a group of students in the Clint Independent School District who are getting a head start in becoming veterinarians.

    Students in the district who are part of the T-STEM Academy can now take part in the vet program at Clint High School.

    T-STEM stands for Texas science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Several schools offer students the opportunity to get involved in the program and get better prepared for future jobs.

    Clint High School partnered with Animal Services to help the students get hands on experience by allowing them time in the Animal Services building.

    Nikki Boutwell, an animal science teacher at Clint High School, says the students are getting a unique opportunity.

    “The students are able to foster, they’re able to help with off-site adoptions, help animals find their home, work with medical staff and the medical team,” Boutwell said.

    Senior Alessia Aguirre says she loves animals and is excited about the idea of saving lives while getting ready for her dream job.

    “I’m just here participating in a lot and being with the doctors. It’s a lot. It really gives me hope for my future because being a vet is something I really, really want to do,” Aguirre said.

    Students who complete the program graduate with their vet assistant certification.

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