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.

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.

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.



Associate of Science- Animal Care

Fall SemesterCourse NameCreditsSpring SemesterCourse NameCredits
Freshman Year
ANSC1001Career Exploration1ANSC1010Animal Health Skills3
ANSC1003 Animal Care Management3ANSC1400Introduction to Animal Science3
ANSC1005 Animal Facilities Design and Management3BIOL1002Biology II4
BIOL1001Biology I4PSYC1001Introduction to Psychology3
CORE1001Managing Transitions: Change as the Norm3Math Elective3
Semester Total:14Semester Total:16
Sophomore Year
ANSC2000Introduction to Laboratory Animal Science2ANSC2200Canine Behavior and Training2
ANSC2401Animal Nutrition3ANSC2202Domestic Animal Behavior3
ANSC2900Externship Module I3ENGL1003Writing About Literature3
COREENGLThe New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems3Animal Care Elective3
Animal Care Elective3Open Elective3
Open Elective3
Semester Total:17Semester Total:14
Total Credits:61

Animal Care Electives

The College is observing summer hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-4 pm.