Agile Dual Degree- Animal Care and Business Administration

Combine your desire to work with animals— and expand your career options.

Earn an Associate’s Degree in Animal Care plus a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in the same amount of time as a Bachelor’s Degree alone!

Career Possibilities Include:
•Animal-related business ownership
•Boarding, training, in-home pet care
•Specialty pet merchandise, pet spa
•Veterinary sales
•Veterinary supplies
•Pet pharmaceuticals
•Animal nutrition
•Biotech management
•Non-profit shelter/rescue

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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.
  • Communication: Students demonstrate effective written and oral communication including informed arguments, persuasion, synthesize complex data, and concepts.
  • Context:Students demonstrate comfort with and ability to effectively operate in: ambiguity, complexity, uncertainty, and change. Students will be adept at situational awareness.  Students understand the historical context of their culture and they will view the world from a global lens acknowledging the diversity of cultures and values.  Students demonstrate propositional thinking; they will test and iterate on ideas/solutions based upon feedback and learn from their own failures.
  • Quantitative:Students use quantitative and analytical methods to address unstructured business problems.
  • Ethics: Students demonstrate ability to evaluate decisions based on an awareness of relevant stakeholders in the creation of sustainable social, environmental, and economic value.
  • Cognitive Flexibility: Students demonstrate mastery of various thinking modes, notably analytic, synthetic, convergent, divergent, creative, and critical; and when to employ each type.  Student demonstrate awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses and will seek continual improvements. Student demonstrate both self and social awareness and management to effectively play various roles on an interdisciplinary team from leader to contributor to participant (role fluidity). These skills are essential for all leadership and management roles.
  • Value Creation: Students identify, create, shape, and capture value through understanding economic models and the reality of industry disruption cycles.

Externship Notes:

*Animal Care externship hours are to be completed the summer between Sophomore and Junior year.

Agile Dual Degree- Animal Care and Business Administration


Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Career Exploration ANSC1000 1
Animal Care Management ANSC1003 3
Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm CORE1001 3
Global Economics Micro and Macro Perspective ECON1200 3
Introduction to Business Models MGMT1000 3
Introduction to Psychology PSYC1001 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Introduction to Animal Science ANSC1400 3
Biology I BIOL1001 4
The New Normal:Exploring Unstructured Problems COREENGL 3
Applied Business Statistics MATH2101 3
Marketing I: Creating, Marketing, Branding and Sales Strategies MKTG2004 3

Credits Total: 32

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Small Animal Behavior ANSC2100 4
Accounting and Financing I- Concepts and Tools ACCT2100 3
Biology II BIOL1002 4
Supply Chains and Innovation MGMT2400 3
Marketing II- Analyzing Marketing, Branding and Sales Strategies MKTG3004 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Animal Health Skills ANSC1010 3
Effective Shelter and Rescue Operations ANSC2200 3
Accounting and Finance II- Financial Decision Making ACCT3100 3
Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset CORE3100 3
Writing About Literature ENGL1003 3

Credits Total: 32

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Introduction to Laboratory Animal Science ANSC2000 2
Animal Nutrition ANSC2401 3
Externship Module I ANSC2900* 3
Data Visualization OR Business Analytics OR Business Elective INFO2500 OR INFO3300 OR Elective 3
Business Decision Making: Law, Ethics and Strategies MGMT3700 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Marketing Management MKTG3001 3
Career Internship MGMT4900 3
Animal Care OR Business Elective Elective 3
Humanities/ Fine Arts Elective Elective 3
Open Elective Elective 3

Credits Total: 29

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Business Policy and Strategy MGMT4100 3
Business Elective or Animal Care Elective Elective 3
Business Elective 2000+ Elective 3
Business Elective 2000+ Elective 3
Humanities/ Fine Arts Elective Elective 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Organizational Behavior OR Business Elective MGMT3205 OR Business Elective 3
Leadership, Communication, and Change MGMT4195 3
Business Elective or Animal Care Elective Elective 3
Open Elective Elective 3

Credits Total: 27

 

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.