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Animal Science


Cassandra Ploetz

Cassandra Ploetz

Belmont Center

Kristina Ellis

Kristina Ellis

Ellicottville Center

Teresa DiSarno

Teresa DiSarno

Olean Center

Animal Science is a rigorous two-year Career and Technical Education program designed to explore the diverse field of animal science. Students will recognize the important roles animals play in society from individual ownership to scientific research with far reaching implications. Animal Science students will acquire basic knowledge and skills necessary for further study or entry level positions in animal science and related fields. This technical course teaches specialized and advanced skills in areas such as veterinary assisting, care and handling of animals in a laboratory or veterinary setting, dog grooming, and kennel/pet shop management. Classroom opportunities include the development of animal handling skills and the study of animal behaviors through care and observation of animals housed in the classroom. This class also covers animal anatomy and physiology, care, behavior, breeding, body systems, genetics, training, and management of various animals. The challenging curriculum was written by Cornell University and Pennsylvania State University. Course materials are enhanced with hands-on activities that include daily lab/clinic and field trips. Students are encouraged to participate in FFA and SkillsUSA activities and competitions that will enhance instruction and provide the opportunity to develop leadership skills.

  • Two students washing a dog.
  • A group of students posing for a photo
  • A student holding a sugar glider

Things You Get To Do

  • In-house dog grooming salon open to community and run by students with instructor supervision
  • Breeding project
  • Visitations to veterinary clinics, SPCA, zoo, farms
  • Animal care and clinical duties
  • Alpaca Shearing

Where It Can Lead

  • Pet Groomer
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Veterinarian
  • Animal Rescuer
  • Dairy Farm Worker
  • Stable Worker
  • Zoo Keeper
  • Animal Trainer
  • Biologist
  • Wildlife Conservationist

What You Can Earn

  • New York State Technical Endorsement on High School Diploma

Go To College With Credits

  • Alfred State College
  • SUNY Cobleskill

Where It's Held

Skills Learned in Class