The Spanish for Veterinary Professionals On-site Sessions

PVM’s on-site Spanish Veterinary sessions take place in the spring semester. They are seven sessions long that meet every other Thursday during lunch. The goals of these sessions are to:

  1. introduce the learner to the sounds of the Spanish language
  2. allow the learner to feel comfortable to speak or use those new sounds, words, questions, and expressions commonly used in veterinary settings
  3. provide cultural understandings relevant in veterinary settings while working with clients or co-workers

We encourage you to inquire about availability in December prior to the start of the spring semester in January. Those PVM students studying abroad in the upcoming summer semester, of the same year, have precedence. These sessions are designed for individuals with no working Spanish language background. These sessions may also count as workshop credit to completing the International Veterinary Medicine Certificate program.

Topics Covered in Sessions

Session 1

  • Farm and domestic animals
  • The Client Registration form
  • Greeting clients from Spanish-speaking cultures
  • Numbers 1-10, expressing to take care of animals
  • Familial relationships

Session 2

  • Physical and personality traits
  • Staff in a veterinary setting
  • External body parts and internal organs
  • The Client Registration form
  • Farm, domestic, and wild animals

Session 3

  • Room names, services, and departments in veterinary settings
  • Conditions and symptoms of illnesses
  • Commonly used phrases and expressions in wildlife conservation and rehabilitation setting
  • Names of professional veterinary specialties
  • The sounds of the Spanish language, vowels and consonants

Session 4

  • Short dialogue readings on common conditions and symptoms
  • Agreement in number and gender for adjectives
  • Numbers 1-100
  • Taking a clinical history
  • Forming simple and compound sentences

Session 5

  • Specialized vocabulary relevant to different animal species
  • Forming simple and compound sentences
  • External body parts and internal organs
  • Verbs related to animal actions and conditions
  • Short dialogue readings on common conditions and symptoms

Session 6

  • Forming simple and compound sentences
  • Culminating activity 

Session 7

  • Review of previous sessions
  • The importance and benefits of circumlocution 

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