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EXPLO Focus  |  Wheaton College Veterinary Science

Working with professional veterinarians and technicians — and real animals — learn to diagnose diseases, check vital signs, suture wounds, and more.

Student Life 

About this Focus

Campus: Wheaton College Rising Grades: 6-7

Love animals? You’ve come to the right place. Working with professional veterinarians and technicians, diagnose animal diseases, check vital signs, learn to suture wounds, splint broken limbs, perform life-saving CPR, and “read” animals for both injury and illness. At vet clinics, hospitals, and rehabilitation shelters, work directly with animals and their caretakers, discovering the field of veterinary medicine from the inside out. From the zoo to the farm, you won’t just study what it takes to become a great vet — you’ll be well on your way to becoming one yourself.

Tuition + Admission


  • CPR + First Aid for Pets — Become certified in Pet CPR and learn how to respond to real-life scenarios that animals around you might encounter. 
  • Large Animal Care — Explore behind the scenes of the Franklin Park Zoo to learn about caring for large and exotic animals, including taking a capture and restraint session and touring an animal surgery room. Then visit an equine center to explore daily care of horses, from basic evaluations to dental assessments. 
  • Domestic Pet Evaluations — Work with a visiting veterinarian to practice full medical evaluations on a cat or dog. Practice reading x-ray images, then use an ultrasound machine to identify organs inside of the animals. 
  • Animal Rehabilitation — Visit a wildlife rehabilitation center to explore rehabilitation in action. Watch animal caretakers in action as they treat baby skunks, racoons, birds, and snakes — and listen as they share how their daily care and handling practices can lead to a full recovery.

Focus Details


  • Session 1: July 3 – July 15, 2022

Tuition: $5,875