• Agriscience: Animal Science

    Step into the exciting world of animal science with us! Get ready to explore the fascinating world of companion and farm animals, where learning is hands-on and fun. From discovering the secrets of animal health to mastering clinical procedures, our program is designed to ignite your passion and prepare you for an amazing career. 

    Whether you dream of becoming a veterinarian or just love animals, we’ve got something for you. In animal science, we’ll dive into topics like equine science and veterinary care. Plus, earn cool certifications like FAA Part 107 and join the Future Farmers of America (FFA) for unforgettable adventures in leadership and agriculture. 

    Program Overview

    The Agriculture Animal Science program is designed to prepare students to further their education for rewarding careers related to both companion and farm animals. This program of study provides rigorous technical skills, academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning, problem-solving skills, work attitudes, and employment skills. Course content covers such topics as principles of health and disease, basic animal care and nursing, clinical and laboratory procedures, and the anatomical/physiological systems of a range of small and large animals. The Albertville City Schools Agriculture Animal Science program prepares students to further study in the veterinary and animal sciences at the postsecondary level.

    Courses Offered

    • Introduction to Veterinary Science
    • Equine Science
    • AgriBiology (3rd and/or 4th Science Credit Eligible)
    • Veterinary Science
    • CTE Lab in AFNR
    • Career Pathway Project in AFNR

    Credentials Students Can Earn

    • Adult Beef Quality Assurance (Cow/Calf, Stocker, Feedyard)  
    • Aquaculture Training and Online Learning (ATOLL) Aquaculture or Aquaponics 
    • Elanco Veterinary Medical Applications Certifications
    • FAA Part 107
    • Skid Steer:  Skills for Success

    Employment Outlook

    Our Animal Science pathway provides a solid foundation for various entry-level positions in the field, and further education can lead to more advanced career opportunities with greater responsibilities and higher earning potential. 

    For students graduating from an animal science program without pursuing further education, there are several entry-level job opportunities available in the field. These may include:

    • Animal Caretaker/Animal Attendant: Animal caretakers provide basic care for animals in various settings such as farms, animal shelters, veterinary clinics and zoos. Responsibilities may include feeding, grooming, exercising and monitoring the health and well-being of animals. 

    • Farm Hand: Farm hands assist with various tasks on farms that raise animals for production purposes, such as dairy farms, beef cattle ranches, poultry farms and pig farms. Duties may include feeding animals, cleaning pens or stalls, administering medications and assisting with breeding or birthing procedures. 

    • Veterinary Assistant: Veterinary assistants support veterinarians and veterinary technicians in clinical settings. They may help with restraining animals during examinations and procedures, sterilizing equipment, cleaning facilities and providing basic care to hospitalized animals. 

    • Equine Assistant: Equine assistants work with horses in settings such as stables, equestrian centers and horse farms. They may assist with grooming, feeding, exercising and basic medical care under the supervision of a veterinarian or equine professional. 

    • Livestock Inspector: Livestock inspectors ensure compliance with animal health and welfare regulations by inspecting animals for signs of disease, injury or mistreatment. They may work for government agencies, agricultural organizations or private companies involved in livestock production. 

    For students interested in advancing their careers and taking on higher-level roles, pursuing further education, such as associate’s or bachelor’s degree in veterinary science, animal science or a related field, can open up additional opportunities. Jobs that may require further education include:

    • Veterinary Technician: Veterinary technicians assist veterinarians in providing medical care to animals. They may perform diagnostic tests, administer medications, assist with surgeries and provide nursing care to hospitalized animals. A degree from an accredited veterinary technology program and passing the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) are typically required for licensure.

    • Animal Scientist: Animal scientists conduct research on various aspects of animal biology, behavior, nutrition, reproduction and health. They may work in academia, government agencies or private industry to improve animal welfare, enhance agricultural productivity and develop sustainable farming practices. A bachelor’s or master’s degree in animal science or a related field is typically required for entry-level positions. 

    • Livestock Production Manager: Livestock production managers oversee the day-to-day operations of farms or ranches that raise animals for meat, milk, eggs or other agricultural products. They may be responsible for managing personnel, budgeting expenses, implementing breeding programs and ensuring compliance with regulations. A bachelor’s degree in animal science, agricultural management or a related field, along with relevant work experience, is typically required for this role. 

    Student Organization

    Future Farmers of America (FFA) is an intra-curricular student organization for those interested in agriculture and leadership. It is one of the three components of agricultural education. FFA is a dynamic youth organization that changes lives and prepares members for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

    Faculty Contact

    Sherry Little | slittle@albertk12.org