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Companion Animal Science




Degree Type/Duration

Degrees will often be for Animal Science with a companion animal concentration.

·       Associate’s Degree (2 years)

·       Bachelor’s Degree (4 years)

·       Master’s Degree (Varies)

·       Doctorate Degree (Varies)




Prepares students for a wide spectrum of animal management and care including welfare, behavior, training, veterinary care, health, nutrition, and physiology. This curriculum often balances science-based principles to hands-on experience with animals. Students often pursue small animal veterinarian career paths.


Coursework may cover the following areas: Anatomy and Physiology, Nutrition, Genetics, Companion Animal Science, Biology, Chemistry, Reproduction, Behavior and Training, Laboratory Methods, Animal Systems Management



Potential Career Paths


·       Animal Biotechnologist

·       Animal Caretaker

·       Animal Welfare Specialist

·       Operations Manager

·       Pet Groomer

·       Research Associate

·       Sales Representative

·       Small Animal Veterinarian

·       Veterinary Assistant



Additional Opportunities/Recommendations

·       Animal handling experience

·       Veterinary school with proper pre-requisites

·       Internship or work experience related to animal agriculture

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