• Animal Science

    PA Department of Labor High Priority Occupation!
  • An animal science student examining an animal

    Working directly with small and large animals, the Animal Science program prepares students to provide for the welfare of animals in the companion and production fields. Students who wish to combine a love for animals with an interest in science are prepared to explore post-secondary educational opportunities as well as entry-level employment.
    Sample Career Skills
    • Understand basic animal safety, gender determination and handling procedures for a variety of animals
    • Learn scientific principles of animal care and cultivation
    • Learn anatomy and physiology of animals
    • Evaluate vital signs
    • Understand genetics and breeding of animals
    • Manage nutritional requirements and advanced treatment methods for a variety of species 
  • Certifications  

    CareerSafe OSHA 10 Agriculture Daily Nutrition Matters 101, 201, 301 Certificate

    Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow

    Pennsylvania Beef Quality Assurance Certificate

    Purina Mills Lab Animal Care Certificate

    Youth Pork Quality Assurance Program (National Pork Board)


    College Credits

    Open Dual Enrollment Credits

    Delaware County Community College

    1:1 Articulation Credits

    Delaware Valley University

    Harcum College

    Click here for more information on opportunities to earn college credit.  

    Workplace Opportunities

    Upperclassmen may be hired at local companies, such as: Colebrook Manor Hospital and West Chester Animal Hospital. Co-ops allow students to work during their school day, earn real-world experience and build their resumes.

    The Department of Education provides a CIP Code to approved Programs of Study (POS).  Schools and postsecondary institutions use the CIP code to categorize the POS, outline the scope and sequence of educational offerings and develop a POS task list. Review the task list
  • An animal science student examining a bunny             Animal science students feeding a goat

Last Modified on May 18, 2020