Animal Science Core Concepts Certificate

Animal Science Core Concepts Certificate

Career Description

Students completing this certificate could be eligible for a career as an animal technician in any of the following animal industry segments: an animal production or care facility, humane society, COOP, zoo, farm retail sales, or any agriculturally related industry that serves or works with animals, including companion animals.

Program Information

The Animal Science Core Concepts Certificate provides students with a broad introduction to the basic science and management behind raising healthy, content, agricultural production animals, profitably and humanely as well as how to care for companion animals including: reptiles, amphibians, birds, rodents, dogs, cats and horses. Specific topics included in the certificate are: nutrition, animal anatomy & physiology, animal health, companion animal biology and care, animal behavior, biosecurity on the farm, zoonotic diseases and food safety.

Program Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a general understanding of the scientific and management practices involved in the agricultural animal production industries: dairy industry, beef industry, swine industry, poultry industry, aquaculture industry, rendering industry and feed industry;
  • Locate and identify common anatomical features of domestic animals and explain the physiological function of the 11 major body systems and their primary organs;
  • Read and interpret a feed tag or nutrition label and determine if the product is adequate to meet nutritional requirements of a specific species and class of animal;
  • List the major causative agents of disease in domestic animals, the organs/tissues/systems they affect and diseases they result in and explain the function of the basic body defense systems and the principals of prevention of disease;
  • Explain how to choose, feed, house, breed, care for and manage the major species of companion animals kept as pets in the U.S.; and
  • Describe the types of substances that fall into the three categories of food contaminants and the risk factors associated with each sector of the food chain – production, harvest, transporting, processing, distribution, retail sale and home use.

Special Program Requirements

In addition to the program requirements, students must meet the following conditions in order to graduate:

  • College Cumulative GPA Requirement: cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted and completed at CLC must be at least 2.0;
  • College Technical Core GPA Requirement: cumulative GPA of credits attempted and completed towards the technical core of the diploma or degree must be at least 2.0;
  • Residency Requirement: students must complete 25% of their credits at Central Lakes College.




All but one Animal Science course is open to students satisfying general admission requirements for Central Lakes College.

Transfer Opportunities

Many animal science courses can be transferred to a variety of four year colleges and universities that offer agriculture or animal related degrees including: Agricultural Education, Animal Science, pre-Veterinarian, an pre-Veterinary Technician degrees. No articulation agreements or specific transfer pathways have been established at this time.

Advisory Board

Members Include: Todd Marotz – Wakefield Pork Gerald Toland – SMSU, Marshall John & Deb Chute – Cattlemen’s & Cattlewomen’s, Farm Bureau Brandon Severns – MN Turkey Growers Chuck Horsager – Wadena Co. Commissioner – retired Cory Detloff – Staples Ag. Program Director Randy Arnhalt – Land O Lakes Keith Olander – AgCentric Director

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Program Course Requirements

Required Discipline Courses (16 credits)
ANSI 1110 Food Safety: From Farm to Fork, 3 cr
ANSI 1115 Companion Animal Biology and Care, 3 cr
ANSI 1120 Backyard Poultry Biology & Management, 3 cr
ANSI 2102 Principles of Animal Health, 3 cr

Choose one of the following courses:
ANSI 1100 Introduction to Animal Science OR
ANSI 2100 Fundamentals of Animal Nutrition OR
ANSI 2104 Intro to Anatomy & Physiology of Domestic Animals, 4 cr


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