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Animal Management, A.A.S.

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Program Requirements

Typical Program

Degree/Certificate:   Associate of Applied Science
HEGIS Code:           5403
SUNY Code:            7450
Major Code:            ANIM

The Career

Persons professionally prepared in this field are concerned with the care, management, breeding and environmental requirements of a wide range of animals. They generally have a broad range of responsibilities in zoos and other animal facilities. These responsibilities typically include animal care, public interaction, exhibit design, record keeping, animal restraint and training.

The NCCC Approach

Classroom and hands-on learning are effectively combined in the program. After the first semester, students typically spend one day per week at the Buffalo Zoo,  Aquarium of Niagara, SPCA, veterinary hospitals or other animal facilities and two days per week for the summer school session. The Buffalo Zoo and the Aquarium of Niagara are AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) accredited facilities. Students become proficient in various aspects of the zoo as well as the care of animals in other facilities.

Admission and Curriculum Change Requirements

Final acceptance into the Animal Management program depends on the student submitting and the Wellness Center approving the physical examination report. Health records must remain current for the entire period of enrollment in the Animal Management program. The student is responsible for all costs related to the physical examination report.

In order to meet the objectives of the Animal Management program, certain essential technical activities are required. These essential technical activities are available from the Wellness Center. The student must meet technical standards based on the results of the physical examination.

Applicants will be tested for academic foundations in reading, writing and mathematics. Applicants must earn the minimum required score on two of these tests prior to being accepted into the program.

If below the required score in

Will need to pass


ENG 099
AAC 042
MAT 012 or MAT 023

Students wanting to change curricula must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 and must also have successfully completed all three academic foundation requirements listed above. Students changing curricula may not register for any AMG courses or BIO 207-210 without prior approval from the program coordinator.

Due to safety concerns with first semester freshmen and the challenges inherent in live animal internships, the minimum grade required for AMG 100 in order to continue to progress in the program and into AMG 102 is a C.

Students are accepted and start fall semester only.  Space in the program is limited and potential students are not guaranteed a seat in the program.

Program Goals and Objectives

  • To prepare students for successful entry-level employment at a zoo, aquarium or animal care facility
  • To develop the students’ verbal, spoken, written and visual communications skills and abilities within the framework of a liberal arts education
  • To assist students in meeting 4 to 5 of the 10 SUNY General Education Requirements

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the required courses a graduate will:

  • Describe the role of keepers as a part of the overall organization of zoological gardens and aquariums and their interaction with the public.
  • Implement procedures to ensure safety in zoological gardens, as well as other animal facilities.
  • Explain the scientific basis for proper diet and nutrition for animals and apply this knowledge in the clinical setting.
  • Practice proper sanitation procedures and pest control to prevent disease.
  • Discuss various aspects of animal behavior especially as it relates to the basic psychological needs of captive animals.
  • Describe the principles and historical trends involved in designing and constructing a suitable animal exhibit.
  • Consider the role and demonstrate an understanding of genetics and the general concepts of reproduction and breeding of animals, particularly captive species.
  • Explain the importance of record keeping and its role in an animal caretaker’s daily routine and use various computer and software packages to maintain records.
  • Discuss the taxonomy, origin, evolution and history of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.
  • Explain conservation laws and the role of zoos and alternative facilities in animal conservation.

Program Requirements (ANIM)

  1. A total of at least 64-credit hours with a minimum curriculum grade-point average of 2.0. Academic Foundations courses do not count toward the degree.
  2. Animal Management: A minimum of 24-credit hours to include:
    AMG 100 - Introduction to Animal Husbandry +
    AMG 102L - Animal Management I Lab  
    AMG 104L - Animal Reproduction Lab  
    AMG 105L - Animal Management IV Lab  
    AMG 210L - Vertebrate Morphology Lab  
  3. Humanities/Arts & Media: A minimum of 9-credit hours to include:
    ENG 103 - Writing for STEM  
    SPE ___    Speech elective
  4. Science: A minimum of 23-credit hours to include:
    BIO 205L - Zoology Lab  
    BIO 255 - Population Genetics  
    BIO 255L - Population Genetics Lab  
  5. Social Sciences: A minimum of 3-credit hours to include:
    ___  ___  Social Sciences elective  
  6. General Education Elective: A minimum of 3-credit hours to be selected from:
    ___  ___  SUNY General Education  elective (Arts, Humanities, Language, Mathematics, Other World Civilization, American History or Western Civilization) **
  7. Health: A minimum of 2 credit hours to include:
    HED 214 - Advanced First Aid and CPR  

Typical Program


* Dependent upon the fulfillment of Academic Foundations requirements.

** Select a course that would fulfill the SUNY General Education requirements as noted. Refer to the SUNY General Education section of this catalog for course options.

+ A minimum C grade is required in order to continue in the program.

Additional Costs

Students are required to wear a uniform consisting of khaki-brown pants and shirt, work boots, safety glasses and rubber gloves when appropriate. Detailed information can be obtained by contacting the division office at 614-6410 or the program coordinator at 614-6424.

Scholarship Opportunities

There are several scholarships available to NCCC students. Scholarship deadline dates vary each semester.  For more information, please visit the scholarship webpage at www.niagaracc.suny.edu/scholarships. The NCCC Scholarship Office is located within the Financial Aid Complex, A-114 or by phone (716) 614-6205.

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