The Animal Care Specialist program is designed for students wishing to work with dogs, cats and other small animals, but not in the capacity of a groomer or vet technician. Students lacking qualifications to enter either the Professional Grooming or Veterinary Technology program may begin in the Animal Care Specialist program and at a later date request to transfer into another program. Employment opportunities include Animal Control officers, dog day care center operators, kennel technicians, dog trainers, animal shelter workers, dog walkers and pet sitters, retail shop owners and other occupations related to the management and care of pets. Students who wish to operate their own businesses or who plan to be employed as an Animal Control officer are encouraged to apply to the Associate Degree program. The certificate program may be sufficient for other employment opportunities.
Simultaneous awarding of Certificate and Degree policy: Certificates whose coursework is embedded in an Associate's degree program will not be awarded simultaneously in the same term as the degree is awarded; i.e. Animal Care Specialist(ASD) and Animal Care Specialist Certificate(ASC)
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