The Pre-Med And Veterinary Track

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Pre-Med And Veterinary Track

The track is intended for excellent students going into 7th grade and interested in studying the sciences in combination with enrichment in the field of medicine and animals.

The course of the track is 6 years (may be joined in 8th grade subject to place and completion of make-up work in math and physics).

Grades 7-9

Studies focus on the core subjects, with expansion in math, English and science - physics, biology and environment. In addition there are enrichment studies considerate of the intellectual needs of the students in the fields of medicine and veterinary medicine. The enrichment program is conducted in association with the Unit for Science Oriented Youth at Tel Aviv University, the Veterinary School of The Hebrew University, Dr. Jona Peres- Manager of the Veterinary Hospital at Hakfar Hayarok and medical cadets.

In the course of study students are exposed to various  subjects related to human medical science and animal medical science.

Enrichment in human medical science

Dreams, memory, and experiencial experiments such as chemical dilution and tissue culture growth
Skin and fingerprints, cancer, growth and development, physical activity
The history of medicine, animal behaviour, evolution of life, experiment in natural selection
Microbiology and ethical medical dilemmas
Brain, senses, physics and medical instrumentation
Senses of smell and hearing, sight and eye analysis, introduction to first aid and injury mechanism, imaging, pregnancy and birth
Human body - familiarity (general), genetics in the 21st century, nutrition and eating disorders, acievements of medical research using animals, immunology, epilepsy and CF, holistic medicine

Enrichment in veterinary medicine

Birth and puppyhood, play behaviour, treatment of orphan puppies, basic puppy training
Tours in Ramat Gan Safari, Beit Dagan Veterinary teaching hospital, The National Center for training of seeing-eye dogs in Beit Oved and the Veterinary Hospital at Hakfar Hayarok
The animal kingdom- problems in dog behaviour, nutrition and teeth in animals, the cow shed at Hakfar Hayarok, horse medicine and communication between animals
First aid and anatomy of animals, exemplary cases from the veterinary clinic at Hakfar Hayarok
Infectious diseases in animals and preventive treatment, fleas and ticks, animal shelter medicine, spaying and neutering of horses and pets, and common animal emergencies
Animal behavior from an ecological perspective, animal nutrition, bio - cinema on human- animal contact

Grades 10-12

In the upper school study focuses on preparation for bagrut exams, which students begin in 10th grade. Students select subject specialties in addition to the required subjects and math (5 points) and English (5 points).

Options for selection are varied, and may be combined between the following subjects, subject to approval of the pedagogical committee and in accordance with the student's abilities and schedule:

Science and human medicine specialty:

Physics 5 points
Chemistry 5 points
Health Science 5 points

Veterinary specialty:

Biology 5 points
Zoo-technology 5 points (beginning in 11th grade)
Veterinary medicine- thesis paper at 4 point level (only in combination with 5 points Biology)

Physics  in the pre-med  and veterinary track

Students of the pre-med and veterinary track study physics as a seperate area of learning beginning in 7th grade and until 9th grade as part of the mandatory studies. Physics study in grades 7-0 is the basis for continued study of all science and technology subjects, even those not directly related to physics.

Beginning in 10th grade students prepare for Bagrut exams at advanced level (5 points) for students who choose to specialize in advanced physics. In general, the program is based upon the Ministry of Education's physics program, with the addition of advanced study in content areas, thinking and skills. During study the students participate in frontal lectures, prepare group projects in class and in the lab and write personal research papers.

Students are also able to participate in various competitions in physics, such as the MOFET national physics Olympiad and the Physics Olympiad of the Weizman Institute.

Goals of the program:

Familiarity with basic science from the natural sciences

Exploring ways to describe natural phenomena based on physical laws

Application of the knowledge acquired in mathematics studies in physics

Development of the students' abilities to use mathematical models to understand phenomena that occur in nature, and explain them

Development of scientific thinking and research skills, cognitive and practical

The program in grades 7 and 8

In 7th and 8th grades students acquire the basic skills for learning physics.

The first two years are devoted to an introduction to every day physical phenomena. In class students learn to explain the phenomena to which they are exposed on the basis of natural laws (Newton's laws, kinetic molecular theory, buoyancy, conservation of energy) both literally and computationally.

9th grade study focuses on developing the following skills:

Analysis of the physical problem data
Adjusting the measurement units
Finding the laws that enable a solution to the problem
Taking measurements during the experiments
Independent work with a popular science text and academic text
Application of mathematical knowledge such as: change of subject formula, equations, graphs, analysis, investigation of connected parameters.

Selected subjects:

Newton's Laws, marking and calculation of forces, mass calculation, calculation of energy, energy conservation and mechanical processes and thermal processes, electricity and magnetism, and more.