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Animal Care and Management Technology A.A.S. (A55100)

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Program Description

The Animal Care and Management curriculum is designed to provide students with the opportunity to acquire the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for employment in the animal care industry.

Course work includes instruction designed to educate students in the basic sciences pertinent to animal work, including legal aspects, basic management skills needed to work with both people and animals, and hands-on skills necessary for safety and health.

*Note that this is NOT a Veterinary Technician Program.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program should be able to:

  • Describe the basic nutritional requirements for most domestic, agricultural and exotic animals.
  • Demonstrate professional in their appearance, punctuality, preparedness, dependability, reliability, and work ethic.
  • Demonstrate facility protocol paying particular attention to details of cleaning, disinfecting and animal welfare.
  • Identify common or potential disease symptoms and their risk in an animal facility.
  • Demonstrate handling & restraint skills of agricultural animals, small exotic animals, and dogs/cats.

Employment Opportunities

This course of study can offer the student a wide variety of employment options. Opportunities exist with humane organizations, kennels, city and county animal control agencies, animal shelters, zoos, residency facilities, research laboratories, and veterinarians.


Students may be required to take one or more developmental English or math courses prior to the required course(s) depending upon their SAT, ACT, COMPASS or ASSET test scores.


Students must complete all program courses (ACM, ANS, WBL, and VET) with a grade of “C” or better to successfully complete this program.

Technical Standards

Students enrolling in the program must meet specific emotional, behavioral, physical, and cognitive standards. This information is found in the Admissions office.

Students qualifying for special accommodations to these standards must contact the Disability Services Coordinator at 336-506-4130 for more specific information.

Additional Program Costs

The Animal Care and Management Technology curriculum has additional costs associated with it. Students who enroll in this program are required to pay for such items as certification exams, achievement tests, uniforms, supplies, and the like. Many of these are required as part of the curriculum, but are not provided by the College. Additional expenses required for this program are listed below with approximate costs.

  • Accident insurance-$6 per year

*Students must maintain a minimum grade of “C” or better in each ACM, ANS, WBL and VET courses.

First Year

Fall 1st Semester

Semester Total: 18 Contact Hour(s)

Semester Total: 15 Credit Hour(s)

Spring 2nd Semester

Semester Total: 19 Contact Hour(s)

Semester Total: 16 Credit Hour(s)

Summer 3rd Semester

Semester Total: 7 Contact Hour(s)

Semester Total: 6 Credit Hour(s)

Second Year

Fall 4th Semester

Semester Total: 18 Contact Hour(s)

Semester Total: 16 Credit Hour(s)

Spring 5th Semester

Semester Total: 17-24 Contact Hour(s)

Semester Total: 13-15 Credit Hour(s)

Total: 79-86 Contact Hour(s)

Total: 66-68 Credit Hour(s)

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