Applied Animal Science: Animal Agriculture Concentration A.A.S.
Globally, farm animals far outnumber pets. Managing and keeping these farm animals healthy is a big business. Providing animal protein for people locally, nationally and worldwide offers endless opportunities for students who like to work with animals used in agriculture.
The Applied Animal Science associates degree program is continuing and will be more closely connected to the four-year Animal Science program.
The production or meat, milk and fiber from animals is expected to continue to grow for decades to come. Students interested in working in the highly technical, rapidly changing field of farm animal production and management, must become well versed in the many species of farm animals, including breeding, feeding, health care, housing and marketing. In the animal agriculture concentration, students apply many of the skills learned in the classroom on farms in the first few weeks of the program. Students learn to work safely with farm livestock and poultry. They visit farms, engage in hands-on activities weekly with their instructors. Students will balance rations, identify and treat diseases, learn to design appropriate buildings, fences, and properly take of the land and environment necessary to support farm animals. Students visit and interact with nearby farms with beef, sheep, goats and swine. Students also have the opportunity to work and study at the University’s dairy and equine farms. UNH Maintains two modern and well-equipped teaching and research centers, and as an option students interested in dairy cattle can also collaborate to manage the CREAM (Cooperative for Real Education in Agriculture) herd. All students will also study at the UNH Organic Dairy Research Farm.
Students learn the business of farming through field exercises in land management, forage production, financial management, and computer use on a farm as well as through continued practical experience with farm livestock, poultry and dairy cattle. The program prepares students to work both on the farm and in related businesses.
The Thompson School’s Animal Agriculture program is in a unique position with the baccalaureate animal science major. Students may start with the Thompson School program, obtain their associate in applied science (A.A.S.) degree then transfer to a four-year major and obtain a B.S. in two to two-and-a-half additional years with a full-time course of study. This allows students to receive two degrees in as little as four years or obtain their A.A.S. degree and work in the field to later return for a B.S. Students wishing to follow this course of action need to work closely with their adviser and maintain a grade of C or better in key applied animal science courses.
Herd manager, agricultural sales and/or service employee, farm manager, artificial insemination (AI) technician, crop manager, farm owner, or farm-business owner.
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