Companion Animal Science


The Companion Animal Science curriculum is designed to develop future animal care professionals within two years. Students should expect a rigorous program that demands learners to become more than passive receptacles of concepts and theories. The active learning approach increases retention, individual accountability, professional demeanor, and applied skilled competencies. In addition to developing real-world problem-solving skills, our program thrusts students into dynamic collaborative learning environments. All are crucially essential skills for direct entrance and successful employment upon graduation.

Two curriculum tracks are available; Applied Animal Behavior (AAB) and Veterinary Assisting and Animal Management (VAAM). Companion animal services are a growing 60+ billion a year industry and students learn how animal businesses and facilities operate and what opportunities exist for them in this diverse career field.

During the first year, students learn the fundamentals of animal business, care, and behavior and advance into practicums that focus on medical, behavioral or grooming.  While many of our students go directly into the workforce just as many choose to advance their education. Additionally, the Companion Animal Science concentration supports the theoretical requirements for many of the professional organizations offering post-graduation certifications in companion animal behavior, grooming, and veterinary assisting.

​Past graduates of our concentration can be found working in veterinary hospitals, managing animal shelters or related animal businesses, training pet and service animals, animal control, professional grooming and business ownership.

Questions? Contact:

Laurie Chapman-Bosco, M.O.E., PAS

Professor and Program Chair of Applied Animal Science
Barton Hall Rm 133
Durham, NH 03824