Veterinary Science Associate Degree


In this program, studies in dairy science are combined with veterinary courses to provide a foundation for employment opportunities in the veterinary assistant and agriculture sector. The agriculture classes are taught at the Agriculture Center of Excellence, which houses a production dairy farm operation. Throughout the program, students are participating in variety of activities at the farm. Classroom instruction is combined with hands-on learning opportunities to expose students to a wide-range of animal husbandry practices. In addition, students will complete one internship work experience. Jobs in this field are generally physical and require the strength to lift and carry 50 pounds. Learners interested in this career should have above average computer skills. Additionally, learners looking to be successful in this occupation should have the aptitude to work with animals, and possess good oral, reading and writing skills. Potential occupations include: Veterinary Assistant, Animal Laboratory Assistant, Animal Research Assistant, Agriculture Product Sales and Marketing, Agriculture Promotion, Agriculture Tourism, Animal Caretaker, Pet Store, Zoo, Doggy Day Care, Agriculture Technician, Farm Worker, Animal Maternity Tending. Upon completion of the program and work experience, students will be able to take the Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) exam to work in an animal research facility or veterinary clinic.
Graduates will be able to

  • Demonstrate good working skills
  • Examine, monitor and care for dairy cattle
  • Apply skills and training in the areas of clinic and office procedures
  • Apply skills in animal biosafety
  • Demonstrate increased awareness of sound environmental practices
  • Incorporate information from written documents, legal documents, professional literature and reports
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