Animal Care Certificate

Program Advisor: Anne Fortune, 413-236-1622

The Animal Care certificate program prepares students for employment as animal care assistants working with veterinarians and other professionals involved in animal health care and management. Veterinary hospitals, humane organizations, equine training and management facilities, large farms, and breeding and grooming facilities are some employers of animal care assistants. Students interested in this certificate are urged to consult the program advisor and to work on prerequisites and required courses in other areas during the years when the Animal Care courses are not offered.

BCC’s Animal Care program requires 300 hours of hands-on experience at veterinary hospitals and animal care facilities. Students have the opportunity to work with many different types of animals including dogs, cats, birds, livestock, and horses.

 Expected Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, graduates will:

  • have a broad understanding of animal care theory including basic care and management, behavior, reproduction, nutrition, and preventative health care;
  • understanding the diversity of domestic animal groups, their related industries and their relationship with humans;
  • be able to identify the care and management needs of domestic animals and understanding how they differ from those of humans;
  • have a working knowledge of domestic and /or exotic species through hands-on experience.

Graduation Requirements

To earn a certificate in this program, a student must complete all program credits and the additional requirements shown below.

Program                                                         29 Credits
AHS 129          Medical Terminology 3
BIO 103           Introductory Animal Science 4
BIO 116           Animal Care Practicum (see footnote 1)    2
BIO 117           Animal Care Seminar 1
BIO 118           Animal Behavior 3
BIO 119           Animal Nutrition and Health  4
BIO 201           Anatomy and Physiology 1 4
BIO 202           Anatomy and physiology 2 4
CIS 102           Fundamental Computer Literacy 4
 Additional As Shown
Demonstrated College-level skills in reading and writing  
Minimum Cumulative Average overall 2.000
Minimum Cumulative Average in program 2.000

Suggested Block for Program Completion
The following is a suggestion for completing this program in one year. The actual time to complete the program may vary according to each student’s individual needs.

First Semester 14 Credits
AHS 129          Medical Terminology  3
BIO 103           Introductory Animal Science 4
BIO 118           Animal Behavior         3
BIO 201           Anatomy and Physiology 1 4
Second Semester   15 Credits
BIO 116           Animal Care Practicum(see footnote 1) 2
BIO 117           Animal Care Seminar  1
BIO 119           Animal Nutrition and Health 4
BIO 202           Anatomy and physiology 2 4
CIS 102           Fundamental Computer Literacy 4

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1. Students must have permission of program advisor, and must have completed MAT 028B or have comparable skills before enrolling in BIO 116
Note: Any prior criminal offense could hinder placement in clinical agencies and the ability to become licensed in this field. See Criminal Offender Record Checks for details.