Animal Science: Comparison of Classes

Sequence 1: Technical Animal Science/Veterinary Science
Technical Animal Science Syllabus

Veterinary Science enables students to acquire the employability and technical knowledge and skills needed to succeed in postsecondary education as well as in a career in veterinary medicine or a related occupation. Students work with the wide variety of domestic and exotic animals housed at the Animal Science facility. Course content focuses on instructional areas in animal health, nutrition, management, reproduction, and evaluation. Students learn about the use of tools, equipment, and facilities related to veterinary medicine and develop business management skills. Students enrolled in the course should have a strong background in math and science and should be familiar with small animal care.

Sequence 2: Advanced Animal Science/Small Animal Care
Advanced Animal Science Syllabus

Advanced Animal Science combines the hands-on skills needed to succeed in animal-related careers, including handling and taming animals, with theoretical knowledge of animal care to prepare students for further study of the field through postsecondary education. Animal handling, feeding, maintenance, and grooming are practiced daily through hands-on work with the wide range of domestic and exotic animals housed in the animal science facility. Students also have the opportunity to train lab animals and learn about animal behavior. Other areas of instruction include comparative anatomy and systematics. Students can become certified in cat and dog first aid through the American Red Cross.

Both Animal Science sequences:

  • Prerequisite: Biology (24310)
  • High school credit: A credit earned in either Animal Science sequence will satisfy the third lab science credit for the standard diploma or the fourth lab science credit for the advanced diploma. In addition to the science credit, students will receive a second credit for fine/practical arts.
  • College creditStudents may earn 3 articulation credits towards an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Zoo Technology from SUNY – Jefferson Community College.
  • Certification: Student-selected verified credit can be earned by passing the course-related industry certification.
  • Internship opportunities: The program’s strong partnerships with local animal-related businesses offers students opportunities to build leadership skills and participate in internships.
Advanced Animal Science/
Small Animal Care I & II
Both courses  Technical Animal Science/
Veterinary Science I & II
Course topics:

  • Small Animal Care
  • Systematics
  • Comparative Anatomy and Physiology of Animal Phyla
  • Behavior
  • Training
Course topics:

  • Safety and Laboratory Basics
  • Animal Handling
  • Animal Grooming
  • Physical Examinations
  • Animal-Related Careers
  • Pet First Aid and CPR
  • Clinical Practice
Course topics:

  • Laboratory Techniques
  • Anatomy/Body Systems
  • Pharmacology
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Disease/Parasites
  • Death and Euthanasia
  • Genetics

Both courses are designed for students who are interested in pursuing a science- or animal-related career, either immediately after high school or after attending a technical school or two- or four-year institution.