Animal Science

Institute of Innovation

Study genetics, nutrition, reproduction, growth and development of domesticated farm animals. Some individuals inspect and grade livestock food products, purchase livestock or work in technical sales or marketing.
Small Animal care workers train, feed, water, groom, bathe and exercise animals. They also clean, disinfect and repair their cages.

Program Courses

Agriculture Science and Technology 1 unit
The Agricultural Science and Technology course is designed to teach essential concepts and understanding related to plant and animal life including biotechnology, the conservation of natural resources, and the impact of agriculture and natural resource utilization on the environment. Emphasis is placed on the role of agriculture in our society and the importance of agriculture to the welfare of the world. Basic personal and community leadership and safety, and agricultural mechanical technology are included as a part of the instructional program. Each student is expected to design and participate in a supervised agricultural experience.
Typical learning activities include hands-on learning experiences including performing basic principles of plant, soil, and animal science; studying and modeling the significance of humankind’s interrelationship with soil, water, and air; participating in FFA activities.
This course is a prerequisite for all other Horticulture and Animal Science courses.

Animal Science 1 unit
The Animal Science course is designed to provide an overview of the animal science industry. It provides information on the biological make-up of various species of agricultural livestock. It also provides students with information on animal behavior that would be beneficial before embarking on a career in Animal Science.
This course is prerequisite for Small Animal Care and Introduction to Veterinary Science.

Small Animal Care 1 unit
Prerequisites: Agriculture Science & Technology and Animal Science
The Small Animal Care course is designed to teach technical knowledge and skills for occupations in the pet industry or the companion animal industry. Skills also relate to the veterinarian or the veterinarian technician career field. Typical instructional activities include hands-on experiences with cats, dogs, rabbits, fish, etc. participating in personal and community leadership development activities; and planning a relevant school to work transition experience.

Introduction to Veterinary Science 1 unit
Prerequisites: Animal Science and Small Animal Care
In this advanced animal science course, students will explore the field of veterinary medicine. Students will study the role of a veterinarian and veterinary technician in the diagnosis and treatment of animal diseases. Topics to be discussed include: veterinary terminology, anatomy and physiology, pathology, genetics, handling and restraint, and physical examinations along with common surgical skills. Students will engage in a variety of laboratory activities and will participate in shadowing and/or other school-to-work experiences.


Job Opportunities

Animal Biotech
$25.66/hr -- $53,378/yr
Study and improve animal health & more efficient production.

$47.72/hr -- $99,250/yr
Care for health of animals & protection of public health.

Herd Nutritionist
$40.87/hr -- $85,000/yr
Research & advise feeding programs to reach desired outcomes.

$31.09/hr -- $66,350/yr
Study wildlife & how they interact with their ecosystems.

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Institute of Innovation
175 Campus Drive
Gaffney, SC  29341
Phone 864-206-2576 | Fax 864-487-1287

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