Tend to the needs of animals, promote good animal care and responsible pet management with a rewarding career as an Animal Care Specialist.

Massachusetts is on the forefront of animal care and advocacy. For many working in this field, it’s not just a job, it’s a calling. At NSCC, you can learn to work with dogs, cats, birds, and other small animals in a variety of ways with an Animal Care Specialist Associate in Applied Science Degree. The program focuses on behavior, nutrition, health, and training, as well as the commitment to ethical aspects of animal care and management. NSCC abides by standards put forth by the College’s Institution Animal Care and Use Committee.

 

Animals Care Specialists work in these fields:

  • Animal Control
  • Shelter and Rescue
  • Animal Day Care and Boarding
  • Kennel Management
  • Dog Walking
  • Training
  • Grooming
  • Retail Pet Business

 

As a student in NSCC’s Animal Care Specialist Associate of Arts degree program, you will learn about:

  • Recognize the basic elements of animal care for companion pets, such as handling, management, and nutrition.
  • Observe and interpret canine and feline body language communication to improve overall health during care.
  • Identify legal and ethical issues that impact companion pets.
  • Describe the basic methods utilized in canine training
  • Explain the benefits of vaccine protocol and preventative treatment methods in animal health.
  • Compare the proper care, housing and nutrition for birds, reptiles, and small mammals.

 

4

Semesters estimated degree completion time. Complete faster with winter intersession and summer classes

22%

Projected job growth in Boston area

$25,510

2016 Boston-area Median Wage

Next Steps

Achievement and Outcomes

Learner Outcomes

Guided Pathway Sheet

Get in touch

For more information, please contact the Pathway Advisor for this program.

For more information, please contact: animalcare@northshore.edu

Phone: 978-762-4048

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Accreditation

North Shore Community College is an accredited nonprofit institute of higher education where all are welcome and each is challenged. NSCC is accredited by NECHE, the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly NEASC-CIHE, the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).

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