• Animal Science
    Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources Path
    (*Certificate earned with four semesters and satisfactory grades.)
    Program Description
    The Animal Science program has four rotating semester courses: Care and Management; Animal Health, Anatomy and Physiology; and Companion Animals. Some of the topics covered in these courses are sanitation, nutrition, grooming, health care, genetics, structure and function of the body, breed identification, and career exploration.
    This is a science-based program in which students care for in-house animals, demonstrate grooming techniques, determine nutritional needs of animals, demonstrate sanitary methods needed in animal environments, identify common animal health issues, identify and describe systems within the body, and explore job possibilities. Students have the opportunity to participate in FFA, which is a student organization.  The curriculum addresses the Minnesota Life Science Academic Standards.

    Career-Related Skills

    • Animal handling and grooming procedures
    • Animal feeding program evaluation and selection
    • Animal environment sanitization
    • Disease, parasite, and non-infectious disease identification and prevention/control methods
    • Basic Pet First Aid and Certification
    • Basic behavior training and modification procedures
    • Common pet breed and anatomical system identification
    • Medical terminology
    Career Outlook
    • Veterinary medicine
    • Nutrition
    • Grooming
    • Natural resources
    • Marine biology
    • Zoology
    • Retail/wholesale sales and supplies
    • Animal husbandry
    • Animal training
    • Human healthcare
    College credit may be earned in some programs with an A or B grade in a program course and enrollment in a partnering college. For registration information, contact your high school counselor.