Old Hickory Council - Hanging Rock District

Troop 444: Veterinary Medicine Merit Badge


Veterinary Medicine




  1. Discuss with your counselor the roles a veterinarian plays in the following:
        A. Companion or small animal medicine, and equine medicine
        B. Food animal or large animal medicine
        C. Exotic animal medicine
        D. Marine animal medicine (mammal and fish)
        E. Poultry medicine
        F. Wildlife medicine and aquaculture medicine
  2. Discuss with your counselor the roles a veterinarian plays in the following:
        A. Public health medicine and zoonotic disease surveillance and control
        B. The military
        C. Food safety and inspection
        D. Laboratory animal medicine and research
        E. 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:
        A. 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.
        B. 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.

Veterinary Medicine Worksheets for use in working on these requirements

Boy Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best

To do my duty to God and my Country and to obey the Scout Law;

To help other people at all times;

To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Boy Scout Law

A Scout Is...

A Scout tells the truth.
He keeps his promises.
Honesty is part of his code of conduct.
People can depend on him.
A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation.LOYAL
A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.HELPFUL
A Scout is a friend to all.
He is a brother to other Scouts.
He seeks to understand others.
He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own.
A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position.
He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together.
A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle.
He treats others as he wants to be treated.
He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.
A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop.
He obeys the laws of his community and country.
If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.
A Scout looks for the bright side of things.
He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
A Scout works to pay his way and to help others.
He saves for unforeseen needs.
He protects and conserves natural resources.
He carefully uses time and property.
A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid.
He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.
A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean.
He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals.
He helps keep his home and community clean.
A Scout is reverent toward God.
He is faithful in his religious duties.
He respects the beliefs of others.