2012-2013 Student Catalog 
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2012-2013 Student Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Animal Management, AAS

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Program Requirements

Typical Program

Degree/Certificate:   Associate of Applied Science
HEGIS Code:           5403
SUNY Code:            0413
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 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. Students spend one day per week at the Buffalo Zoo, Aquarium of Niagara, SPCA, veterinary hospitals or other animal facilities each semester and two days per week for the summer school session. The Buffalo Zoo is an AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) accredited zoo. 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 002

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.

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.

Student 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 68 credit hours with a minimum curriculum gradepoint average of 2.0. Academic Foundations courses do not count toward the degree.
  2. Animal Management: A minimum of 26 credit hours to include:
  3. Computer Technology: A minimum of 2 credit hours selected through advisement (computer technology courses are prefixed by CIS, CPS or OFT).
  4. Health/Physical Education: A minimum of 2 credit hours.
  5. Humanities/Arts & Media: A minimum of 9 credit hours to include:
    SPE ___    Speech elective
  6. Science: A minimum of 23 credit hours to include:
    BIO 255 - Population Genetics 
  7. Social Sciences: A minimum of 3 credit hours to include:
    ___  ___  Social Sciences elective  
  8. 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) **

Typical Program

Total Credit Hours: 16

Total Credit Hours: 15

Total Credit Hours: 2

Third Semester

Total Credit Hours: 18

Fourth Semester

Total Credit Hours: 17


* 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.

Scholarship Opportunities

All matriculated students in this curriculum are eligible for scholarships. See scholarship  area of this catalog for specific information and criteria, including the James L. Woodward Memorial Scholarship  and the Shawn Stoneham Memorial Scholarship Award  (sophomores only).

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.

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