Veterinarians Badge


(Discover Agriculture)

Written by Charlotte R. Duke, Owl, Troop 109.

Badge idea provided by Beth Henderson, Butterfly, Troop 109


(You may use any higher level requirement as an optional requirement if appropriate)

Penguins: Do three requirements including the one starred *.

____ 1*. Learn what a veterinarian is, and what they do.


Otters: Do four requirements including the two starred *.

____ 1*. Do Penguin requirement 1.

____ 2*. Make a list of tools a veterinarian might use in a dayís work, such as scissors, needles, syringes, bandages, thermometers, etc.


Dolphins: Do five requirements including the two starred *.

____ 1*. Do Otter requirements 1 & 2. Make a list of jobs a veterinarian might have to do in a day, such as operations, tuberculin tests, check-ups, etc.

____ 2*. Know the difference between large animal practice and small animal practice. What does each entail?


Butterflies: Do six requirements including the two starred *.

____ 1*. Do Dolphin requirements 1 & 2.

____ 2*. Make a timeline of the history of veterinary practice. You must have at least 15 items on your timeline. Items might include things such as the introduction of antibiotics or sulfa drugs, or the invention of the syringe.


Eagles: Do seven requirements including the two starred *.

____ 1*. Do Butterfly requirements 1 & 2. You must have at least 20 items on your timeline.

____ 2*. Read a biography of a famous veterinarian, such as James Herriot.

Owls: Do nine requirements including the two starred *.

_____ 1*.† Do Eagle requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2*. Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone. You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge.†If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.


Optional Requirements:

_____ 3. Choose a large animal and a small animal, such as a cow and a rabbit, and learn how their babies grow and are born. How long do they spend inside the mother?

_____ 4. Learn about jobs in the veterinary field, such as a veterinarian or a veterinary instructor. What are the hours, how much are the salaries/pay-rates, where would you have to live, etc.? Butterflies and Eagles only: If possible, shadow a veterinarian for a day.

_____ 5. Earn the Farm Animals badge at your level.

_____ 6. Look at a map of your state or country. Which areas are most suitable for raising livestock? Are there any areas which are better for raising one sort of animal more than another? What would a vet in your part of the country have to deal with most?

_____ 7. Choose an animal and learn what diseases it is most prone to. How would you prevent these diseases? What would a veterinarian do to treat them?

_____ 8. Earn the Pets badge at your level.

_____ 9. At one time veterinarians did not exist as we know them today, so farmers had to treat their animals themselves. Learn about old-fashioned techniques and cures for various illnesses and diseases. If you are a Penguin, learn about one disease and old methods of curing it; if you are an Otter or a Dolphin, learn about three diseases and methods of curing them; if you are a Butterfly or above, learn about five diseases and the methods of curing them.

_____ 10. Take a field trip to a veterinary clinic.

_____ 11. Earn the Cats badge or the Dogs badge at your level.

_____ 12. Research different college options for those specializing in the veterinary field. How much do they cost, how long would it take to get your degree, what sort of facilities do they have, etc.?

_____ 13. Before tractors were invented many farmers used horses to do the jobs which tractors now do, such as pulling ploughs and wagons. This meant that a farmer had to take very good care of his horses or he would get nothing done on his farm. Earn the Horses badge at your level.

_____ 14. Learn how a veterinarian would help an animal give birth. What sort of equipment do they use? What is a calving overall?

_____ 15. How is the job of a veterinarian who works in a zoo or wildlife preserve different from a veterinarian who works with farm animals? Read a book, watch a video, or go online (with your parentís permission) to find out.

_____ 16. Participate in a community service project that benefits veterinarians and/or animal health.

_____ 17. Learn at least 1 (Penguins and Otters), 3 (Dolphins and Butterflies) 5 (Eagles and Owls) veterinary terms and be able to explain what they mean to someone else.

_____ 18. Learn about veterinarians that treat wild animals or animals in zoos. What is different about their job from a veterinarian who treats household pets and farm animals?