Program Description

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, learners participate in a 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, learners 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 and Animal Maternity Tending. Upon completion of the program and work experience, learners will be able to take the Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) exam to work in an animal research facility or veterinary clinic.

Approximate Cost

$14,055
Tuition: $10273 , Books: $3782

Starting Salary

$25,756
Average, based on the annual Graduate Outcomes Report

Financial Aid

Available

Students Enjoy…

View a series of videos that illustrate the daily activities at the Agriculture Center of Excellence.

Availability

Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

100%
at Wausau
30-40 %
at Antigo
30-40 %
at Medford
30-40 %
at Phillips
30-40 %
at Spencer
30-40 %
at Wittenberg
30-40 %
at Online

* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.

Outcomes

Graduates will be able to…

  • Incorporate information from written documents, legal documents, and professional literature and reports
  • Perform health assessment and preventative care for a variety of animal species
  • Understand and demonstrate husbandry, nutrition, therapeutic and dentistry techniques appropriate to various animal species
  • Apply skills in animal biosafety, animal handling, and restraint
  • Apply training in office procedures and professional communication
  • Apply clinical skills appropriate to various animal species

Careers

Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Animal Maternity Tending
  • Farm Worker
  • Agriculture Technician
  • Doggy Day Care
  • Zoo
  • Pet Store
  • Animal Caretaker
  • Agriculture Tourism
  • Agriculture Promotion
  • Agriculture Product Sales and Marketing
  • Animal Research Assistant
  • Animal Laboratory Assistant
  • Veterinary Assistant

Courses

The Veterinary Science Associate Degree is a 64 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

ORIENTATION TO AGRICULTURAL STUDIES 1.00
VETERINARY ASSISTANT FUNDAMENTALS 1.00
INTRO TO ANIMAL SCIENCE 3.00
FOUNDATIONAL ANIMAL BIOLOGY 2.00
VERTEBRATE ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY 2.00
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY - VET 1 2.00
COLLEGE MATHEMATICS 3.00

Second Term

ANIMAL PHARMACOLOGY/VETERINARY 3.00
MILK QUALITY & PRODUCTION 3.00
COMPANION ANIMAL & EQUINE DISEASES 3.00
VET OFFICE PROCEDURES 1 2.00
CLINICAL SKILLS - VET 1 3.00
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION 3.00
ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 3.00

Third Term

DAIRY NUTRITION 3.00
LIVESTOCK DISEASES 2.00
AGRICULTURAL COMPUTER APPLICATIONS 2.00
CLINICAL PATHOLOGY 1 2.00
CLINICAL SKILLS - VET 2 3.00
ECONOMICS 3.00
PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS 3.00
INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY 3.00

Fourth Term

BOVINE REPRODUCTION 3.00
AGRICULTURAL INTERNSHIP 3.00
PROFESSIONAL PORTFOLIO PREPARATION 1.00
ANIMAL RESEARCH METHODS - AALAS 2.00
ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION 3.00
INTRODUCTION TO DIVERSITY STUDIES 3.00
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY 3.00

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Transfer Information

The following transfer guides executed in partnership with post-secondary institutions are based on articulation agreements and are a guide to provide an easy way to understand how credits transfer.

Admissions Process

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