Animal Care Skills

  • Student grooms a very happy dog.

  • This course supports New York State
    Students in this course will explore careers in the pet and companion animal industries through a curriculum designed to teach entry-level skills that may lead to more complex career choices. Students will work with live animals using professional equipment in a classroom that serves as a functioning animal care facility. Students will progress from basic to complex skills associated with entry-level employment.
    Students Will Develop Skills in:
    • Animal husbandry and handling
    • Animal health care and monitoring
    • Care and management of exotic animals
    • Pet shop operations
    • Professional grooming
  • Career Opportunities

    The expanding pet and companion animal industry continues to offer a variety of career opportunities, including support personnel in pet shops, veterinary offices, kennels, laboratories, and grooming salons. Students who successfully complete this course will be prepared for entry-level employment. Typical job titles in the animal care field include Animal Caretaker, Kennel Assistant, and Pet Bather/Fluffer.

    College Agreement

    Upon completion of this course, students may receive college credits subject to the entrance requirement of each institution and any additional criteria that may have been established. Current college agreements include:

    • SUNY Cobleskill
    • SUNY Delhi
  • Animal Care Skills  

    Work Experience Opportunities

    Students who meet all eligibility requirements may participate in work-based learning offerings that include clinics, shadow days, internships or paid Co-Op experiences at workplace sites such as:       

    • Bobbi and the Strays
    • Center for Specialized Veterinary Care
    • Petco
    • Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter
    • Bide-A-Wee
    • Center for Science Teaching and Learning

  • Course available: Grades 10, 11 or 12
    Course length: 1 or 2 years
    Placement: Skills 
    Credits: Up to 4 CTE credits a year
    Earning high school credits: Students completing this 2-year course may receive up to 8 CTE credits OR distributed credits:*

    0.5 credit   Career and Financial Management
    1.0 credit   Math
    1.0 credit   English
    1.0 credit   Science

    * Students completing 1 year of this 2-year course may receive up to 4 CTE credits OR distributed credits.

    This course is certified by New York State

    This course supports New York State
    CDOS diploma requirements  

Natural and Agricultural Sciences

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