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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. Becker College graduates with an Associate of Science degree in Animal Care 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 Animal Care Program include 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.




Associate of Science- Animal Care

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Career Exploration ANSC1001 1
Domestic Animal Care and Management ANSC1003 3
Biology I BIOL1001 4
Composition and the Agile Mindset COREENGL 3
Behavioral or Social Science Elective Elective 3
Open Elective Elective 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Animal Health Skills ANSC1010 3
Introduction to Agriculture and Animal Science ANSC1400 3
Biology II BIOL1002 4
Math Elective Elective 3
Managing Transitions Change as a Norm CORE1001 3

Credits Total: 33

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Exotics and Small Mammals ANSC 2050 3
Animal Nutrition ANSC2401 3
Externship Module I ANSC2900 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
Animal Care Elective Elective 3
Writing About Literature ENGL1003 3

Credits Total: 28


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 Animal Care and Veterinary Science students are required to complete a Student Health Record that includes: a physical exam and immunization record. Students must also have a tuberculosis skin test, review and sign a Vet Risk Form, review and sign a Waste Anesthetic Gases Form. Students will also need to review the Rabies Vaccination recommendations and provide proof of completion of vaccine series or waive the vaccine to decline. This information is required in order to participate in animal laboratories, veterinary clinic rotations, and career externships. Please note, if you decline or waive the rabies pre-exposure vaccine series, it will exclude you from experiences that may have an elevated risk of exposure to the rabies virus.
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 curriculum requirements. For the health and safety of students and animals, scrubs will be required in all classes with laboratory components.

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