Veterinary and Science Partnership

This curriculum (suitable for grades 5-9) consists of online presentation materials for veterinarians for classroom visits and instructional follow-up lessons for teachers. The goal is to use students’ natural interest in animals to help motivate them to learn science. The purpose is not to promote veterinary medicine directly, but rather use it as a hook to capitalize on the inherent interest and curiosity that students already have for animals.  The specific goal of this program, funded by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) from the National Center for Research Resources at the National Institute of Health, is to promote public understanding of the use of animals in biomedical research and of the clinical trial research process.

A variety of themes is available, each of which relates to areas of activity that are commonly found in a veterinary clinic but also relates to human and animal health. Thus, veterinarians are able to use props, demos, and anecdotes related to real-world health activities and integrate these into science instruction according to our Educational Philosophy.  Following veterinarian’s visits, standard-based science instruction takes place in the form of follow-up lessons (usually three) by teachers.

Lessons and classroom visits emphasize biomedical and physical science in an attempt to promote understanding of the research (basic, animal, and human clinical trials) and development process upon which modern medicine, both veterinary and human, depends. Instructions for veterinarians and for teachers, as well as all lesson plans, are available for download.  All instructional materials are available at no charge.

Please see our special messages for Veterinarians and for Teachers.

Curriculum Units:  
Animal Research
Clinical Trials
Dental Health

Heart Disease
Nutrition & Obesity
Physical Exam




The PEER Program is composed of three grants entitled "GK-12 Fellows Integrate Science/Math in Rural Middle Schools", "Integrating Environmental Health Science in Rural Schools," and a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) entitled "Science Promotion in Rural Middle Schools".

Major funding for the PEER Program is provided by the
National Science Foundation, the
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences,
National Institute of General Medical Sciences, and the National Institutes of Health.