Diploma in Foundations of Animal Care and Administration

The mission of the Foundations of Animal Care and Administration program is to prepare students with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for entry level employment in the animal care industry and provide additional administrative and general business training for those already in the field.  Stautzenberger College’s Foundations of  Animal Care and Administration program is designed to provide learners with an understanding of basic animal care and management theories and practices, including animal husbandry, infectious disease, preventive medicine, medical terminology, behavior, training and enrichment, nutrition, and conservation. The combined focus of this program is to develop fundamental management skills to support the operation, promotion, and sustainability of effective animal care operations.  Additionally, students in this program will learn how to assist in promoting general animal advocacy and awareness within the context of various animal care and management settings and to provide guidance in ethical behavior and professionalism befitting the animal care and management discipline. This program is suitable for those looking for beginning employment in the animal care industry as well as existing professionals looking for additional skills.  In addition to attendance in all courses, students will be required to complete out-of-class assignments. These assignments include but are not limited to reading, exercises and problem solving, projects, research, papers, and presentations. A student can anticipate out-of-class activities that equal about two (2) hours for every one (1) hour of lecture.  Upon successful completion of the program (see graduation requirements section of the catalog), students could seek or obtain entry-level employment in an animal care related field.

Program Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this program, graduates should be able to:

  1. To prepare students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for successful entry-level employment in animal care industries, with a primary focus on the companion animal sector
  2. To provide graduates with a foundational understanding of animal care theories and practices, including a basic introduction to animal husbandry, infectious diseases, preventive medicine, medical terminology, behavior, training, nutrition, and enrichment
  3. To promote and develop the foundational business skills necessary to operate, promote, and sustain safe and effective animal care operations in an office or animal business setting
  4. To provide graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to promote animal advocacy and awareness within the context of various animal care and professional administrative settings
  5. To provide guidance in ethical behavior and professionalism befitting the animal care and administrative disciplines

Course Code

Course Title

Contact
Hours

Quarter Credit Hours

AWM120

Companion Animal Behavior, Training & Enrichment

30

3.0

AWM200

Principles of Shelter Management

20

2.0

AWM201

Principles of Shelter Medicine

20

2.0

AWM210

Animal Ethics, Welfare and Law

30

3.0

AWM220

Animal Facility Management

30

3.0

AWM240

Environmental/ Humane Education & Outreach

30

3.0

AWM250

Current Topics in Animal Welfare and Management

20

2.0

VET105

Principles of the Veterinary Profession

30

3.0

VET120

Animal Hospital Principles I

30

3.0

BUS101

Accounting Principles I

40

4.0

BUS130

Business Law

40

4.0

BUS140

Human Resource Management

40

4.0

BUS200

Introduction to Business

40

4.0

BUS230

Principles of Management

40

4.0

BUS246

Client Services

40

4.0

CDP125

Intro to Desktop Applications

50

4.0

CDP224

Electronic Spreadsheets

50

4.0

 

Grand Total

580

56.0

 

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