Vital Information
George Jenkins Academy of Veterinary Science
6000 Lakeland Highlands Road
Lakeland, FL  33813

Lead Teacher:  Jessica Anderson
Phone:  (863) 648-3566
Fax:  (863) 648-3573

Areas of Interest:  Veterinary, Agriscience

Student Focus
Emily Robinson

Emily Robinson

I chose to enroll in the Veterinary Assisting Academy at George Jenkins because I find it very interesting and rewarding to work with many different kinds of animals. Being involved in the Veterinary Assisting Academy will give me a closer look at veterinary sciences and help me determine if this is a career for me.

I believe the Veterinary Assisting Academy will be more beneficial than a regular class because it is solely devoted to veterinary science. The students enrolled in the academy will be more devoted to learning about veterinary science than the general science courses. The academy teaches students the importance of responsibility and hard work. For those who plan to work in the field of animal sciences, they will already have a background in the veterinary sciences and possibly obtain certification as a veterinary assistant.

George Jenkins Academy of Veterinary Science Overview

The George Jenkins Academy of Veterinary Science is a four-year program of study designed to prepare high school students for entry into post-secondary education majoring in Veterinary Sciences, as well as direct entry into a related Veterinary career after high school.


  • 9th: Veterinary Assisting I (Introductory course)
  • 10th: Veterinary Assisting II (Anatomy/Physiology)**
  • 11th: Veterinary Assisting III (Microbiology/Pathology)**
  • 12th: Veterinary Assisting IV**

** Honors Weight


  • Certified Veterinary Assistant (CVA) Accreditation
  • Florida Department of Education Bright Futures Program/Vocational Florida Gold Seal Scholars Award (additional requirement must be satisfied)
  • Participation in FFA: The FFA organization offers a Veterinary Assist- ing Career Development event at the state and national level where students compete by demonstrating various skills learned in class. They also offer a variety of leadership confer- ences and events that focus on career success, personal growth, and leadership development.

George Jenkins Academy of Veterinary Science News

Superintendent Nickell and GJHS Vet Academy Students

Superintendent Encourages Community Members to Actively Prepare Students for the Future

Business partners, future business partners and community members gathered at George Jenkins High School Auditorium earlier this month for the Inaugural 2012 George Jenkins High School Academy Summit. The summit featured keynote speakers, academy presentations and panel discussions in hopes of encouraging community members to take an active role in preparing students for post-secondary education or employment.

The Ledger: Career Academy Students Honored for Volunteer Efforts

CFAA's Keammy Fernandez and GJHS Veterinary Science Academy's Katherine Spencer were among 11 Polk students honored at the 36th annual Silver Garland Awards. This year's recipients were selected from among 4,000 students. Each winner received a crystal trophy and a $1,000 check.