Animal Science

Division: Agriculture
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The COS Animal Science Department is dedicated to serving the needs of all students interested in furthering their animal science education at the college level. Our department provides educational opportunities for students seeking job skills needed for employment, transferable credits for students who plan on transferring to a university, and opportunities for persons wishing to upgrade their skills to advance in their current jobs. The Animal Science Department prides itself on teaching students through hands experience allowing students to handle cattle, sheep, pigs, and horses. The Animal Science Department stresses quality teaching/learning through formal classroom lecture/discussion methods as well as plenty of hands-on “learn-by-doing” in well-equipped laboratory facilities.

Contact Information

Animal Science Faculty Contact

Russell McKeith | (559) 688-3136 | russellm@cos.edu
Tulare Center Building B: 202 | Tulare Campus 

Agriculture Division Chair

Kim Pitigliano | (559) 688-3117 | kimp@cos.edu
Tulare Center Building B: 104 | Tulare Campus

Provost - Tulare College Center, Dean of Agriculture  

C. Louann Waldner, Ph.D. | (559) 688-3050 | louannw@cos.edu 
Tulare Center Building A: 109 | Tulare Campus 

ASCI 001 Intro to Animal Science 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
1 Lab
A scientific approach to the livestock industry encompassing aspects of animal anatomy, physiology, nutrition, genetics and epidemiology. Emphasis on the origin, characteristics, adaptations and contributions of livestock to the modern agriculture industry.
ASCI 002 Livestock Selection/Evaluation 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
1 Lab
Equivalent Course: ASCI 002AB
Detailed analysis of various visual and physical methods of appraising beef, sheep, swine and horses concerning functional and economic value. Written and oral summaries of evaluation will be learned. Specific reference will be made to performance data and factors determining carcass value.
ASCI 022 Horse Husbandry 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
1 Lab
Survey of the equine industry, encompassing the evolution and role of the equine species throughout history, breed selection and development, nutrition, disease, preventative health, reproductive management, basic horsemanship, and stabling alternatives. Laboratory required.
ASCI 103 Livestock Feeding & Nutrition 3 unit(s)
Hours: 2.5 Lecture/Discussion
1.5 Lab
The science of animal nutrition; the fundamentals of digestion and absorption in both ruminants and non-ruminants are discussed. The nutritive value of feedstuffs as they relate to the formulation of livestock rations will be emphasized.
ASCI 104 Animal Diseases & Sanitation 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
1 Lab
Study of common livestock diseases and fundamentals of immunity; includes the livestock technician’s role in promoting animal health and the foundation of disease control programs.
ASCI 110 Swine Science 3 unit(s)
Hours: 2.5 Lecture/Discussion
1.5 Lab
Study of the principles and practices of purebred and commercial pork production throughout California, the United States and the World. Emphasis is on the importance of breeds, breeding principles, selection, nutrition, environmental management, health, marketing, and record keeping to ensure scientifically-based management decisions and consumer acceptance. Laboratory required.
ASCI 111 Beef Cattle Science 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
1 Lab
Study of the principles and practices of purebred and commercial beef cattle production; emphasis on the importance of breeds, breeding principles, selection, nutrition, environmental management, health, marketing and record keeping to ensure scientifically-based management decisions and consumer product acceptance as applied to beef cattle.
ASCI 112 Small Ruminant Science 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
1 Lab
Survey of sheep and goat industries; management of commercial, purebred and small farm flocks; selecting, feeding, breeding and basic care of small ruminants plus marketing of sheep, goats and their products. Laboratory required.
ASCI 113 Farm Animal Biology 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
1 Lab
This course is an introduction to the scientific concepts of farm animal biology. The objective of the course is to familiarize students with basic biological concepts of farm animals. Laboratory exercise will include hands-on training of the anatomy and physiology of domesticated farm animals for those students seeking employment or advanced degrees in the animal sciences.
ASCI 117 Veterinary Terminology 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
Equivalent Course: VT 117
This course is designed to acquaint the student with veterinary medical terminology. Emphasis on anatomical, diagnostic, symptomatology, and operative terms relating to individual body systems.
ASCI 123 Horse Production 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
1 Lab
Materials Fees: $45
The course is designed to give students a broad basis of information for decision making in the management and operation of a horse herd from broodmare health to foaling. Herd health, stallion handling, cost of production, reproductive efficiency and marketing will be evaluated.
ASCI 124 Colt Breaking 2.5 unit(s)
Hours: 2 Lecture/Discussion
2 Lab
Materials Fees: $50
Equivalent Courses: ASCI 124AB, ASCI 124AD
This course is designed to give students hands-on experience in training horses safely and under control. The course provides the theory and concepts for appropriate decision-making for equipment and equine conditions that affect learned and innate behaviors. Considerable time will be spent on ground work and proper methodologies of equine behaviors to create a solid foundation for equine performance.
ASCI 130 Equine Evaluation 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
1 Lab
Equivalent Course: ASCI 130AC
Students will study methods of communication and use analytical thinking in the appraisal of equine breeds at halter and in performance classes. Appraisals will include information about horse classes, order of placement, and organization of reasoning. Students will justify appraisals in front of an official judge. The relationship of equine anatomy and physiology on competitive performance will be considered.
ASCI 140 Beginning Equitation 2.5 unit(s)
Hours: 2 Lecture/Discussion
2 Lab
Equivalent Course: ASCI 120AD
The students will learn the proper way to catch, groom, saddle, bridle, and mount the horse. Time is also spent on learning the nomenclature of the tack for safe use of the tack for both the rider and the horse. A great deal of time is spent on the proper use of natural-aids, balance, and equitation. Riding both bareback and under saddle, this class is designed to teach the beginning student introductory riding techniques. This course will allow students and their horses to walk/jog safely and in a controlled manner.
ASCI 141 Intermediate Equitation 2.5 unit(s)
Hours: 2 Lecture/Discussion
2 Lab
The students will learn the proper way to catch, groom, saddle, bridle, mount, and ride the horse. The class will focus on proper natural-aids and balance in order to correctly maneuver the horse through different gaits, training methods and obstacles. This class will allow students to lope their horses, executing proper leads and lead changes. The students will learn how to ride in a group setting safely and in a controlled manner.

Animal Science

McKeith, Russell
B.S., Southern Illinois University
M.S., University Of Georgia
M.S., Texas A&M University

Pitigliano, Kimberly
B.S., California State University, Fresno
M.Ed., National University