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  Nov 21, 2017
2015-2016 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Animal Health Science, B.S.: 180 units

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Offered by: College of Agriculture, Animal and Veterinary Science Department

The Animal Health Science major is a four-year curriculum, which is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) leading to a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Health Science. Students choose a business or science emphasis in their major. Course work includes biology, chemistry, animal anatomy and physiology, animal nutrition, reproduction and computer training with specialized training in radiography, pharmacology, anesthesiology and surgical assisting. The care, nutritional requirements and diseases of companion animals and food animals is covered as well as the care and management of laboratory animals, exotics and animal facilities.

Four distinctive externships are required which provide training in animal health services allied to the veterinary profession. The Human-Animal bond is explored through the Pet Assisted Activities and Therapy Program, providing community service experience and 'Hands-On" participation.

The program is designed: (1) to train undergraduate students for careers which provide technical and supervisory support to the technological, business and/or educational aspects of animal health care under research and clinical environments such as private veterinary hospitals, laboratory animal facilities, pharmaceutical companies, research laboratories, diagnostic facilities, government services, zoos, and meat packing facilities, (2) to provide sufficient education and experience to enable all graduates to pass the California State Board Registered Veterinary Technician examination as well as the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) in order to qualify for employment in the veterinary technology profession, (3) to provide a broad university education by participating in the University's general education; English, mathematics, social sciences, and humanities, as well as biological and agricultural sciences, (4) to provide opportunities for continuing education for employed veterinary technologists and laboratory animal technicians.

Elective Support Courses: 16 units


Unrestricted Electives: 0-1 unit

Select a sufficient number of courses so that the total from "Required Support Courses", "GE", and "Unrestricted Electives" is at least 89 units.

General Education Requirements: 68 units

Students should consult the Academic Programs website for current information regarding this requirement. Unless specific courses are stated under Support Courses, please refer to the list of approved courses under General Education Requirements, Areas A through E.

Area A. Communication and Critical Thinking (12 units)

  1. Oral Communication
  2. Written Communication
  3. Critical Thinking

Area B. Mathematics and Natural Sciences (16 units)

  1. Physical Science
  2. Biological Science
  3. Laboratory Activity
  4. Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning
  5. Science and Technology Synthesis

Area C. Humanities (16 units)

  1. Visual and Performing Arts
  2. Philosophy and Civilization
  3. Literature and Foreign Languages
  4. Humanities Synthesis

Area D. Social Sciences (20 units)

  1. U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals
  2. History, Economics, and Political Science
  3. Sociology, Anthropology, Ethnic and Gender Studies
  4. Social Science Synthesis

Area E. Lifelong Understanding and Self-development (4 units)

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