Applied Animal Science: Companion Animal Science Concentration A.A.S.

companion animal science students with dog
Applied Animal Science: Companion Animal Science Concentration A.A.S.

Important Notice

The Companion Animal  Science Concentration is being discontinued and is not accepting applications for the 2018-2019 academic year.  Currently enrolled students will have access to courses and resources until they graduate in May 2019. 

 

Program Overview

Beginning in the 2018-2019 academic year, the Applied Animal Science: Companion Animal Science Concentration program will no longer be accepting new students. Current Thompson School students in this program will continue to have access to the same high-quality education and resources until they graduate in 2019.

Animal companionship provides millions of people with an oasis in a hectic, impersonal world. Pet owners consistently seek quality professional services for pets that are often considered members of the family. The companion animal science concentration prepares students to work in specialized areas by choosing one of two tracks; Applied Animal Behavior or Veterinary Assisting and Animal Management. Both tracks focus on traditional companion animals such as dogs, cats, along with other domestic species. Actual field and work/volunteer experience takes place the second year along with academic coursework. Through local partnerships, all tracks complete a capstone course supporting the individual care and population management of community shelter animals. 

Additionally, each track aligns with professional industry organizations’ learning objectives and skills for certification after graduation. Depending on the organization and student, additional applied hours may be required before a certification exam may be taken. Organizations include but are not limited to: Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers and Behavior Consultants, International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, International Professional Groomers, and the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America that provide certification for veterinary assistants.

Companion animal science is a diverse career area that requires specialized knowledge and applied skills. We look forward to guiding students onto the correct career pathway and/or preparing for them to meet future academic goals.

Career Opportunities

Animal control, animal sheltering and rescuing, ownership or management of companion animal businesses, pet groomer, animal training and behavior, veterinary assistant, animal caregiver, animal-assisted activities/therapy volunteer and/or coordinator.

Contact

Andrew B. Conroy

Program Coordinator - Applied Animal Science
Professor
Phone: (603) 862-2625
Office: Thompson School of Applied Science, Barton Hall Rm 131, Durham, NH 03824
Thompson School of Applied Science
34 Sage Way
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: (603) 862-1025
  • Thompson School Applied Animal Science alum and dog trainer, Laura Chapman, who goes by the name Miss Behavior, talks about her experiences at the Thompson School and beyond.
    Thompson School Applied Animal Science alum and dog trainer, Laura Chapman, who goes by the name Miss Behavior, talks about her experiences at the Thompson School and beyond.
  • Four vet tech students talk about the value of learning by doing
    Four vet tech students talk about the value of learning by doing
  • Students taking Introduction to Animal Science (AAS 431) assembled a fence surrounding Fowl Hall, our newest building! Current Fowl Hall residents consist of chickens and ducks. More fowl moving in in the coming weeks! Stay tuned!
    Students taking Introduction to Animal Science (AAS 431) assembled a fence surrounding Fowl Hall, our newest building! Current Fowl Hall residents consist of chickens and ducks. More fowl moving in in the coming weeks! Stay tuned!

Curriculum & Requirements

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the Thompson School of Applied Science General Education requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of the Applied Animal Science Companion Animal Science program.

Companion Animal Science, Applied Animal Behavior students are required to take:

AAS 402Introduction to Livestock and Poultry Management2
AAS 421Large Animal Behavior and Handling Techniques2
AAS 424Animal Law and Regulations3
AAS 428Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals3
AAS 428AAnatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals Lab for AAS majors1
AAS 430Small Animal Breeds and Behavior4
AAS 431Introduction to Animal Science4
AAS 436Equine Show Preparation and Competition1
AAS 437Equine Handling and Care Techniques4
AAS 439Fundamentals of Animal Health2
AAS 439AFundamentals of Animal Health Lab for Applied Animal Science Majors1
AAS 451Human/Animal Bond4
AAS 525Canine Learning Theory and Application4
AAS 535Animal Nutrition3
AAS 540Animal Breeding3
AAS 553Equine Competition Management2
AAS 577Functional Canine Analysis Practicum4
AAS 597Applied Animal Science Work Experience0
ABM 404AIntroduction to Business I2
Total Credits49

Companion Animal Science, Veterinary Assistant track students are required to take:

AAS 421Large Animal Behavior and Handling Techniques2
AAS 422Small Animal Grooming I2
AAS 424Animal Law and Regulations3
AAS 428Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals3
AAS 428AAnatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals Lab for AAS majors1
AAS 430Small Animal Breeds and Behavior4
AAS 431Introduction to Animal Science4
AAS 439Fundamentals of Animal Health2
AAS 439AFundamentals of Animal Health Lab for Applied Animal Science Majors1
AAS 445Veterinary Assisting Techniques4
AAS 449Clinical Animal Nursing Techniques I3
AAS 451Human/Animal Bond4
AAS 535Animal Nutrition3
AAS 540Animal Breeding3
AAS 546Animal Business Applications4
AAS 558Animal Population Medicine and Management2
AAS 597Applied Animal Science Work Experience0
ABM 404AIntroduction to Business I2
Veterinary Assistant Track Courses
AAS 527Companion Animal Diseases2
AAS 579Small Animal Care Practicum2
VTEC 424Introduction to Veterinary Technology2
Total Credits53

Companion Animal Science, Animal Management track students are required to take:

AAS 421Large Animal Behavior and Handling Techniques2
AAS 422Small Animal Grooming I2
AAS 424Animal Law and Regulations3
AAS 428Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals3
AAS 428AAnatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals Lab for AAS majors1
AAS 430Small Animal Breeds and Behavior4
AAS 431Introduction to Animal Science4
AAS 439Fundamentals of Animal Health2
AAS 439AFundamentals of Animal Health Lab for Applied Animal Science Majors1
AAS 445Veterinary Assisting Techniques4
AAS 449Clinical Animal Nursing Techniques I3
AAS 451Human/Animal Bond4
AAS 535Animal Nutrition3
AAS 540Animal Breeding3
AAS 546Animal Business Applications4
AAS 558Animal Population Medicine and Management2
AAS 597Applied Animal Science Work Experience0
ABM 404AIntroduction to Business I2
Animal Management Track Courses
AAS 433Small Animal Grooming II2
AAS 563Small Animal Grooming III1
Total Credits50

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