This course introduces general concepts for the daily care of most companion animals. Topics include a basic understanding of the role of animals in society, safety, animal welfare issues, and species-specific requirements for good health and husbandry practices. Emphasis is placed on feeding, breeding, health maintenance, and housing of various species (dogs, cats, ferrets, birds, reptiles, amphibians, rodents, small exotic pets, etc.). Upon completion, students will be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of the issues related to the animal care industry. A training certificate by Animal Care Technology Programs is available with successful completion and testing in this course. 3 credits Fall, Spring, Summer
1. Students will be able to discuss issues related to animal welfare and industry. 2. Understand and use appropriate animal industry terminology in oral and written communications. 3. Identify common animals species, breeds, and sexes. 4. Provide daily care and record-keeping according to species husbandry requirements.