Certificate of Achievement in Animal Science

Division: Agriculture

This certificate prepares students for entry-level employment in the field of Animal Science. Students completing this certificate will acquire skills in animal restraint, veterinary terminology, herd health, livestock care and handling, nutrition, management, and reproduction.

Program Outcomes

  • Define, explain, and demonstrate, utilizing appropriate industry software if necessary, proper nutrition for livestock species covered in courses of this certificate.
  • Recognize and diagnose appropriate treatment for four common diseases and parasites in species of livestock covered by courses required in this certificate.
  • Demonstrate proper management and handling techniques for livestock covered by courses in this certificate.
  • Incorporate hands-on production skills with sound economic principles to optimize economic returns in a changing global economy.       

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of this certificate, students will be prepared for employment in the following fields: livestock operator, animal health technician, meat inspectors and/or grader, or sales, and service staff for a pharmaceutical or livestock focused company.

Required Certificate Courses (21 Units)21
Intro to Agriculture Business
Intro to Animal Science
Livestock Feeding & Nutrition
Swine Science
Beef Cattle Science
Small Ruminant Science
Agriculture Wrk Exp-1st Sem
Restricted Electives (3 Units)3
Select one of the following courses:
Livestock Selection/Evaluation
Horse Husbandry
Animal Diseases & Sanitation
Farm Animal Biology
Horse Production
Total24

The Certificate of Achievement requirements include completion of the certificate courses with a “C” or better grade in each course. Required and support courses may be substituted with the approval of the Agriculture Division Chair.