Animal Science

THE ANIMAL SCIENCE PROGRAM prepares students for success in a wide range of careers in the animal industry. The program focuses on the science, care, and production of numerous species of animals. Agricultural education instruction is conveyed through three major components:

  • Classroom/laboratory instruction, which focuses on contextual learning

  • Work-based learning, which features supervised fieldwork in agriculture and natural resources programs

  • Student leadership organizations (National FFA Organization)

Students in the program have access to cutting-edge equipment such as: Thrive Aquarium System, 650 Gallon Aquaculture Recirculation System, and a Newly Renovated Small Animal Lab.

Required & Recommended Courses


  • Animal Science I

  • Animal Science II

  • Animal Science III


  • Animal Systems IV*

    • Wildlife and/or Aquaculture

*College credit available

Credentials & Certification

  • Basic Canine Care and Training

  • Pet CPR and First Aid

  • OSHA 10

Work-Based Learning Requirement

In our increasingly complex global society, CTE students are expected to be prepared to enter the workforce of the future by participating in a continuum of purposeful Work-Based Learning (WBL) activities that align with their CTE Programs. WBL experiences can include an industry project, a school-based enterprise, a service-learning project, or an internship.

WBL connects the CTE Program with the real world of work by providing students with the opportunity to interact with professionals in business and industry while applying what they are learning in the classroom. Through their involvement in WBL activities, students will also develop and demonstrate essential employability skills, such as responsibility, collaboration and communication, that are applicable in all work environments.

National Technical Honor Society (NTHS)

The National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) recognizes outstanding student achievement in Career and Technical Education (CTE) and encourages educational excellence, skill development, and workforce readiness.

Animal Science Eligibility Criteria:

  • Overall unweighted GPA of 3.0 or greater

  • Program unweighted GPA of 3.5 or greater

  • Enrolled in a CTE Program

  • Successfully completes three CTE courses (2.5 - 3 credits) in the Animal Science Program and is currently enrolled in the fourth level course.

  • A score of Proficient on the appropriate Precision Exam

  • Complete eighty cumulative hours of Work-Based Learning (WBL)

  • Maintains an advisor-approved SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience)


  • Special recognition at Graduation

  • NTHS scholarships

  • Other unique member privileges

  • Resume builder

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RI Pathway Endorsement

Seniors enrolled in a CTE Program are encouraged to base their Senior Passion Project on their CTE Program.

Senior Passion Projects based on the student’s CTE Program are required to qualify for the RI Pathway Endorsement Council Designation.

Program SuMMARy at a glance

For more information about this program contact the Career Programs Supervisor at or 401-710-7579.

Click here to view the Animal Science Program Flyer.