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.

 Program Requirements

REQUIRED CERTIFICATE COURSES21
AGMT 103Introduction to Agriculture Business3
ASCI 001Introduction to Animal Science3
ASCI 103Feeds and Feeding3
ASCI 110Swine Science3
ASCI 111Beef Cattle Science3
ASCI 112Small Ruminant Science3
WEXP 193 FAgriculture Wrk Exp-1st Sem3
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RESTRICTED ELECTIVES2-3
Select one of the following courses:
ASCI 002Livestock Selection/Evaluation3
ASCI 130Equine Evaluation3
ASCI 022Horse Husbandry3
ASCI 104Livestock Disease and Sanitation3
ASCI 113Farm Animal Biology3
ASCI 123Horse Production3
ASCI 126Meat Science3
ASCI 202Applied Food Safety Management3
ASCI 224Livestock Merchandising2
DSCI 101Introduction to Dairy Science3
VT 109Introduction to Veterinary Technology3
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TOTAL23-24

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.