Comparison of Classes

Sequence 1: Technical Animal Science / Veterinary Science

Technical Animal Science I/ Veterinary Science I
Prerequisite: Biology I-Concurrent Enrollment in Technical Animal Science II/Veterinary Science II (28061)

Students learn how to care for and manage small animals, focusing on instructional areas in animal health, nutrition, management, reproduction, and evaluation. Course content also includes instruction in tools, equipment, and facilities for small animal care, and provides activities to foster leadership development.

Technical Animal Science II/Veterinary Science II
Prerequisite: Biology I-Concurrent enrollment in Technical Animal Science I/ Veterinary Science I(28064)

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 integrates application of academics, development of career competencies, and instruction in course specific knowledge and skills, such as business management, the use of tools, equipment, and facilities related to veterinary medicine. The program’s strong partnerships with local animal related businesses allows for opportunities to build leadership skills and participate in internships. Students enrolled in the course should have a strong background in math and science and should be familiar with small animal care. Students may earn 3 articulation credits for ZOO 276- Animal Management Internship 2, from State University New York – Jefferson Community College towards an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Zoo Technology.

  • Additional high school credit: A credit earned in this course 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 92 second credit for fine/practical arts. This course also counts as a sequence for the modified standard diploma.

Sequence 2: Advanced Animal Science / Small Animal Care

Advanced Animal Science I/ Small Animal Care I
Prerequisites: Biology I and Concurrent enrollment in Advanced Animal Science II/ Small Animal Care II (28063)

Advanced Animal Science combines the hands-on skills needed to succeed in animal elated careers, including but not limited to veterinary science, with the theoretical knowledge to prepare students for further study of the field through postsecondary education. Students focus on small companion animals. Their handling, feeding, maintenance and grooming are practiced daily. Students learn about behavior and train the various lab animals. Students can become certifies in cat and dog first aid through the American Red Cross. Students interact with the wide range of small companion animals housed at the animal science facility including dog, cats, rabbits, mice, rats, and gerbils. Through this program’s strong partnership with local animal related businesses, successful students have the opportunity to participate in internships.

Advanced Animal Science II/Small Animal Care II
Prerequisite: Biology I-Concurrently enrollment in Advanced Animal Science I/ Small Animal Care I (28062)

Students expand their knowledge of animal science and the care of animals, including comparative anatomy, disease prevention, parasitology, genetics and breeding. Students will focus on handling the large and exotic animals in the lab such as a miniature horse, goats, chicken, parakeets, cockatoos, snakes, lizards, turtles, frogs, fish and arthropods. Additional technical skills in veterinary assisting will be introduced and practiced. Students may earn 3 articulation credits for ZOO 276 -Animal Management Internship 2, from State University New York – Jefferson Community College towards an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Zoo Technology.

  • Additional high school credit: A credit earned in this course 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. This course also counts as a sequence for the standard diploma.
Advanced Animal Science / Small Animal Care I & II  Technical Animal Science / Veterinary Science I & II
Course Topics:

  • Safety and Laboratory Basics
  • Animal Health and Physical Exams
  • Animal Related Careers
  • Systematics
  • Comparative Anatomy and Physiology of Major Animal Phyla
  • Pet First Aid and CPR
  • Behavior
  • Training
  • Genetics and Heredity
Course Topics:

  • Safety and Laboratory Basics
  • Laboratory Techniques
  • Anatomy/Body Systems
  • Employability Skills
  • Animal Related Careers
  • Pet First Aid and CPR
  • Pharmacology
  • Genetics
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Disease/Parasites
  • Death Issues
  • Clinical Practice
Audience: Students who have already completed Biology, are considering a career in a science or animal related field, and are planning to continue their education at a 2 or 4 year institution. Audience: Students who have already completed Biology and wish to pursue a career working with animals, either immediately after high school or after attending a technical school, community college or a 4 year institution.