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Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Animal Care

Train for a rewarding career in animal care.

For the Winter 2021 semester, this program will be delivered through a hybrid model that combines remote and in-person learning. View delivery modes for all programs.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Provide humane, ethical care for a variety of domestic and exotic animal species, within the scope of the regulations, laws and statutes governing the animal industry.
  • Practice effective and efficient methods of handling, medicating or nursing animals in their care.
  • Practice professional standards while conducting an array of procedures independently or under supervision in an animal facility.
  • Establish and achieve appropriate standards for meeting the husbandry and nutritional needs of animals under care.
  • Restrain and manage companion animals in an appropriate manner.
  • Perform basic assessments and redirect patients and owners to appropriate professionals.
  • Use computer assistance to document and detail client, inventory, procedure or historical information for future reference.
  • Function effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary animal care team.
  • Communicate for the purpose of educating, directing, leading and supporting clients, peers, clinicians and the public regarding the animals in care.
  • Participate in life-long learning activities to ensure currency and credibility in the industry.
  • Communicate effectively and clearly orally, in writing, or through electronic means.
  • Practice competent, responsible problem-solving approaches to create appropriate, supportable solutions in an animal care setting.
  • Design, implement and follow up on projects within acceptable time frames by using foresight and initiative.
  • Seek and generate alternatives for more efficient work activities and routines.
  • Practice professionalism by presenting positive attitudes and actions at all times.