Animal Care

The field of Animal Care allows students with a deep-rooted love for animals of many species to explore a variety of topics and career paths. The ever-evolving role of animals, and their caregivers, in modern society is creating job opportunities and career paths unheard of just a few years ago. Graduates from the Associates in Animal Care Program at Becker College will possess and be able to apply knowledge in the areas of animal husbandry, behavior, health and disease, breeding, and facilities management. Employment opportunities for graduates of the Associates of Animal Care Program include the areas of animal control, shelter, rescue, behavior and training, biomedical research, animal boarding, daycare, business ownership entrepreneurship, veterinary assistance, and more. Students are able to get numerous course hours utilizing the amenities of the Becker Veterinary Clinic located in the Lenfest Animal Health Center.


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Learning Outcomes

  • Students demonstrate decision-making and personal conduct consistent with the professional standards of the animal care industry.
  • Students demonstrate knowledge and application of the proper management and husbandry of a variety of animal species.
  • Students demonstrate knowledge and application of proper nutrition for a variety of animal species.
  • Students demonstrate knowledge and application of applied animal behavior for a variety of animal species.
  • Students demonstrate written communication skills appropriate for the animal care industry.
  • Students demonstrate oral communication skills appropriate for the animal care industry.

Associate of Science- Animal Care


Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Career Exploration ANSC1001 1
Animal Care Management ANSC1003 3
Biology I BIOL1001 4
Managing Transitions: Changes as the Norm CORE1001 3
Introduction to Psychology PSYC1001 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Animal Health Skills ANSC1010 3
Introduction to Animal Science ANSC1400 3
Biology II BIOL1002 4
Math Elective Elective 3
Open Elective Elective 3

Credits Total: 30

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Introduction to Laboratory Animal Science ANSC 2000 2
Animal Nutrition ANSC2401 3
Externship Module I ANSC2900 3
The New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems COREENGL 3
Animal Care Elective Elective 3
Open Elective Elective 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Small Animal Behavior ANSC2100 4
Effective Shelter and Rescue Operations ANSC2300 3
Writing About Literature ENGL1003 3
Animal Care Elective Elective 3

Credits Total: 30

   

Animal Care Electives


Course NameNumberCredits
Animal Breeding ANSC2501 3
Equine Anatomy and Physiology ANSC2701 3
Animals in Society ANSC3100 3
Laboratory Animal Technical Methods I ANSC3401 4
Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals I BIOL1005 4
Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals II BIOL1006 4
Biological Science for Society BIOL1101 4
Foundation in Equine Care EQST1601 3
Equine Behavior EQST3100 3
Introduction to Business Models MGMT1000 3
Small Business Management MGMT2500 3
Small Business Entreprenuership MGMT2505 3
Brain and Behavior PSYC2603 3
Disaster Preparedness for Animals VTSC3300 3

Special Requirements

All full and part-time students are required to have proof of medical insurance, a tetanus booster within the last ten (10) years, and a tuberculosis test within one (1) year to participate in animal laboratories, veterinary clinic rotations, and career externship. Rabies pre-exposure prophylaxis immunization is highly recommended. Students are required to either show proof of rabies immunization or sign a declination form. Students must be able to lift 50 pounds and be able to demonstrate the physical capabilities to work closely and safely with animals of all sizes. Students with limitations to movement, sight, or hearing may find it difficult to meet all course requirements. For the health and safety of students appropriate attire will be addressed in all classes with laboratories.