Agriculture Sciences and Veterinary Science
This coursework will appeal to students who are curious about taking care of animals. See the course information below.
Prerequisites: Algebra 1 and English 1 (see course catalog for specific requirements for CP and Honors)
Recommended Grades: 10, 11, 12
Course 1: Agricultural and Biosystems Science
The Agricultural and Biosystems Science course is designed to teach essential concepts and understanding related to skills needed in pursuing a career in a biotechnology field. Emphasis is placed on scientific research and development and how it can be used to create future advancements in Agriculture. In addition, the course will teach the basic principles of plant and animal science as well as the role of agriculture in our society and the importance of agriculture to the welfare of the world. Basic personal and community leadership and safety practices are included as a part of the instructional program. Each student is expected to design and participate in a supervised agricultural experience. Students must be prepared to work outside in various weather and climate conditions.
Course 2: Animal Science
The Animal Science course is designed to provide an overview of the animal science industry. It provides information on the biological make-up of various species of agricultural livestock. It also provides students with information on animal behavior that would be beneficial before embarking on a career in Animal Science. This course is a good prerequisite for other courses in Animal Science. Typical instructional activities include hands-on experiences with the principles and practices essential in the production and management of farm animals and farm animal products for economic, recreational, and therapeutic uses; participating in personal and community leadership development activities; planning and implementing a relevant school-to-work transition experience; and participating in FFA activities. 2019-2020 AIT Course Guide P. 26
Course 3: Equine Science
The Equine Science course builds on knowledge and skills from the Animal Science course and is designed to teach essential concepts and practical experience related to the caretaking and production of horses. Instruction emphasizes knowledge and understanding of the importance of maintaining, selecting, and managing horses. Basic methods and safety techniques are included in this course. Typical instruction activities include hands-on experiences in saddling, bridling, grooming, and judging horses; feeding and health techniques; and housing design. Students must be prepared to work outside in various weather and climate conditions.
Course 3: Small Animal Care
The Small Animal Care course builds on knowledge and skills from the Animal Science course and is designed to teach technical knowledge and skills for occupations in the pet industry or the companion animal industry. Skills also relate to the veterinarian or the veterinarian technician career field. Typical instructional activities include hands-on experiences with cats, dogs, rabbits, fish, etc. participating in personal and community leadership development activities; and planning a relevant school to work transition experience. Students will conduct scientific research around a medical topic relating to small animals, complete an extensive paper on the findings, and present the findings in a public venue. Students must be prepared to work outside in various weather and climate conditions.
Course 4: Introduction to Veterinary Science
In this senior-level advanced Animal Science course, students will explore the field of veterinary medicine. Students will study the role of a veterinarian and veterinary technician in the diagnosis and treatment of animal diseases. Topics to be discussed include veterinary terminology, anatomy and physiology, pathology, genetics, handling and restraint, and physical examinations along with common surgical skills. Students will engage in a variety of laboratory activities and will participate in shadowing and/or other school-to-work experiences. Honors students will be required to conduct independent research on a selected small and large animal disease, write an extensive research document and present findings in a public venue. Students must be prepared to work outside in various weather and climate conditions. 2019-2020 AIT Course Guide P. 39
National FFA Organization
National Technical Honor Society
Anderson School District Five
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