Small Animal Science » Small Animal Science

Small Animal Science

female and male student with dogA two-year program based on Industry Standards from National Agricultural, Food & Natural Resources. The Cornell University Veterinary Curriculum is used as the guide for developing topics to be covered. The program is integrated with ELA and math aligned to NYS Next Generation Standards.
Topics covered are:
  • Personal Safety & Animal Handling
  • Animal Roles in Society
  • Issues in the Animal Industry
  • Veterinary Terminology
  • Care & Management of Species: Small Animals, Exotic Animals
  • Microbiology
  • Biosecurity
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Various Body Systems: Skeletal, Muscular, Nervous, Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Digestive, Urinary, Endocrine, Immune
  • Animal Reproduction & Genetics
  • Pharmacology
  • Parasitology
  • Physical Exams
  • Hospital Procedures
  • Office Management
  • Laws & Ethics
Certifications & EndorsementsTechnical Assessment: 
  • Precision Small Companion Animal Science
  • Fear Free Certification 
  • Pet CPR and Basic First Aid (American Red Cross)
  • Groomer (not certified)

Articulation Agreements:

CTE has worked with area colleges to ready students for the world of work and for the rigors of post-secondary coursework. This program worked with area colleges to obtain articulation agreements that allow for advance standing or the issuance of credit to those CTE students meeting all program requirements and articulation agreement standards. The colleges WSWHE BOCES has an articulation agreement with for this program are:


  • SUNY Cobleskill 
Future Possibilities
  • Preparation for studies in Veterinary Science
  • Preparation for Veterinary Technician Degree
  • Preparation for Veterinary Assistant Certification
  • Veterinary Office Receptionist/Office Staff
  • Small Business Owner
  • Groomer
  • Trainer
3 female studends examining rabbit