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Animal Care Specialist (ASD)
Program Course Descriptions


ANS102 Canine and Feline Behavior
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of dog and cat behavior, from puppy and kittenhood through their adult lives. Areas to be discussed include dog and cat body language, canine and feline communication, social structure, and stages of puppy and kittenhood. Students will also learn pet owner personalities and how to properly converse with different owners. Solutions to behavior problems will also be explored.
ANS104 Breed ID
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
This course is designed to familiarize the pet care professional student with the various breeds of dogs and cats. Specific breed characteristics and temperaments will be discussed and students will become familiar with many breed standards. (2 hours of lecture per week)
ANS107 Medical Terminology for Animal Science 1
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
This section of the two part course is designed to give the animal care worker a vocabulary that will allow and enhance their communication with the veterinary medical professions and improve their ability to utilize veterinary related literature in the course of their work. (1 hour of lecture per week)
ANS122 Fundamentals of Grooming
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
This course is designed to familiarize the Animal Care Specialist with all the tools available for grooming dogs and cats. These tools include brushes, combs, dematting tools, nail clippers, scissors, thinning shears, electric clippers, clipper blades, and muzzles. The different coat types will be discussed, as well as which tools do best with which coat types. The student will also become familiar with the numerous shampooing, conditioning, dematting, and styling products available on the market. The student will be taught the skills of brushing, combing, dematting, washing, drying, ear care, foot grooming, and nail clipping. Safety and restraint while performing these skills will also be emphasized. (1 hour of lecture and 6 hours of lab per week)
BIO101 Biology 1
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
An introduction to the basic principles of biology. The course covers the chemistry of the cell, cell structure and function, cell division, genetics and some evolution. The laboratory is designed to enhance lecture and to develop investigative skills. (3 hours of lecture, 2 hours of lab per week) Fulfills open, liberal arts, and lab science sequence elective when taken with BIO102 or BIO128 and BIO130, or BIO140 or BIO 142.
MGT102 Principles of Management
Pre: Communications proficiency
Covers the fundamentals of management including the functions of planning, organizing, influencing, and controlling in organizations. Prepares business students to better understand the management process.
ACC104 Essentials of Accounting for Business
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
A one-semester introductory accounting course. Students will use journals, ledgers, and work sheets to summarize transactions and prepare financial statements. Includes maintenance and record keeping for checking accounts, petty cash funds, and payroll. The course will include computer software covering the accounting cycle. Fulfills open and business electives. (3 hours of lecture per week)
ANS110 Canine and Feline Nutrition
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
This course is designed to introduce and familiarize the pet care professional student with the many aspects of canine and feline nutrition. Areas to be discussed include the canine and feline digestive system, the nutrients and their functions involved with pet nutrition, analyzing the 4 types of pet foods, feeding a raw, natural diet and feeding dogs and cats at different stages of their life. (2 hours of lecture per week)
ANS112 Ethics and Law for Pet Care Professionals
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
This course is designed to educate the student about the laws and ethical issues relevant to caring for pets in the state of Massachusetts. Areas to be covered include Mass General Laws Chapters 140 and 272, property laws, labor laws, contract law, release forms, liability and bonding, and OSHA regulations for related industries. Ethical issues involving animal welfare and humane practices, breeding, workplace issues, business issues, competition, and client interests will be discussed. (2 hours of lecture per week)
ANS116 Fundamentals of Animal Health
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
This course is designed to introduce students in the Animal Care Program to the fundamental health issues impacting canines and felines. Areas that will be discussed include vaccinations, parasites and control protocols, frequent skin, coat, eye and ear diseases and recommended treatments, pet first aid/CPR procedures, and the common medically-managed diseases. Students will be introduces to the proper administration of oral and topical medications. (3 lecture hours per week)
ANS120 Canine Training
Pre: ANS102
This course is designed to allow the student to take the information learned in behavior and apply it to training dogs. Skills taught will include puppy temperament testing, preventative puppy training, basic obedience commands, training to modify behavior problems, training for AKC good citizenship title, tracking, and basic agility. The student will be introduced to AKC obedience trails, the degrees and titles, and the classes offered. Students are expected to supply their own dogs for the course. More than one dog may be used. (2 hours of lecture per week)
ANS142 Animal Facilities Management
ANS124 Herpetology for Pet Care Professionals
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
A study of the snakes, lizards, and turtles commonly found as pets with an emphasis on proper environment, housing, nutrition, and disease diagnosis and prevention. Social habits and handling techniques will also be explored. (2 hours of lecture per week)
ANS126 Intro to Small Mammals in Lab and Home
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
Introduces students to the care and husbandry of small mammals. Discusses use of small mammals in laboratory settings and as pets. Informs students of regulatory requirements involved with housing significant numbers of small mammals. (3 lecture hours per week)
BUS101 Math for Business and Finance
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
Utilizes mathematical operations to solve practical business problems. The topics include solving equations, percents with applications, cash and trade discounts, markups and markdowns, simple interest, compound interest, present value, annuities and sinking funds, installment buying and revolving credit cards, statistics, and reading and analyzing financial statements. Other topics may be covered. Fulfills open and business electives.
CMP101 Composition 1
Pre: Placement exam score
Emphasis is on developing skills of writing, reading, analytical thinking, and research. Students are introduced to thought provoking ideas in readings from a variety of disciplines and learn to organize material, analyze ideas, and produce clear writing. Fulfills open and liberal arts electives.
CPS100 Information Technology and Its Applications
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
This course provides an introduction to the technical and social aspect of IT. Topics include computer hardware, software, telecommunications concepts, Web applications, Internet services, ethical issues, data security, and privacy. IT applications in areas such as business, education, and the arts will be examined. Course projects using operating system, word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software will be integrated throughout the course. CPS100 may be fulfilled by a challenge exam and successfully completing a 3-credit liberal arts course. Credits are not awarded for passing the challeng exam. (3 lecture hours per week). Fulfills open and liberal arts elective.
OPN-ELECTIVE Open Elective(s)
ANS128 Avian Science for Pet Care Professionals
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
A study of the categories, varieties, and characteristics of pet birds with an emphasis on proper housing, health issues, nutritional needs, grooming requirements, and handling techniques. (3 lecture hours per week)
ANS140 Merchandising in the Animal Care Industry
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
This course provides basic design fundamentals, develops skills to produce attractive displays, and introduces current venues of marketing for students planning on careers in animal care. Topics covered include: characteristics and development of displays and layout, merchandising techniques for all aspects of the industry, desigining brand, logo, signage, slogan, creating a professional and productive environment, as well as, utilizing the internet and social media in advertising and public relations as applied to the growing animal care industry.(3 lecture hours per week)
BUS102 Business Law
Pre: Communications proficiency
Introduction to business law with emphasis on the formation of a contract, defenses to avoid contractual liability, discharge of contracts, remedies for breach of contract, introduction to the Uniform Commercial Code, sales, warranties, and consumer protection. Fulfills open and business electives.
CMP102-150 Composition 2 Elective
Pre: CMP101
Emphasis is on the principles and practices of newspaper writing, editing and the publication of printed media, typography, copyfitting, headline writing, and photo journalism. Two lectures and one writing lab are scheduled each week. The work may include writing for college or community publications. Fulfills open, liberal arts, composition 2, and humanities electives.
LA-ELECTIVE Liberal Arts Elective(s)
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