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Cal Poly Pomona

Animal Health Science

Introduction

The Animal Health Science major is a four-year curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Health Science. Course work in biology, chemistry, animal anatomy and physiology, animal nutrition, reproduction, computer training and specialized training in radiography, pharmacology, anesthesiology, surgical assisting; the care, nutrition, and disease of small animals, and the care and management of laboratory animals and facilities provide training in animal health services allied to the veterinary profession.

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 Animal Health Technician examination 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, and (5) to provide additional elective course work and clinical experience which will increase the probability of acceptance of our pre-veterinary science students into Colleges of VeterinaryMedicine.

The major has sufficient academic rigor to enable good students to deviate from the program or upon completion take a additional two quarters of hard core science courses and be in a position to apply to a veterinary or a medical school with their health related professional training.

Core Courses for MajorBack To Top

Orientation to the College of Agriculture AG 100 1
Feeds and Feeding AVS 101/101L 3/1
Animal Science I – Food Animal Science AVS 112 4
Animal Diseases .AVS 201 3
Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals AVS 350/350L 5
Genetics BIO 303 4
or Genetics of Domestic Animals AVS 305 4
Orientation and Careers in AHS AHS 104 2
Companion Animal Care AHS 128 4
Companion Animal Nursing Skills Lab AHS 128L 2
Large Animal Handling, Restraint, and Basic Procedure AHS 129/129L 4
Clinical Anatomy for Veterinary Technicians AHS 202/202L 3
Clinical Pathology AHS 205/205L 4
Clinical Biochemistry and Pharmacology AHS 207/207L 4
Veterinary Radiology AHS 208/208L 3
Work Experience in Animal Health Science AHS 244 2
Clinical Externship AHS 245 2
Animal Parasitology AHS 302/302L 3
Veterinary Medical Law, Ethics, and Language AHS 310 3
Laboratory Animal Management Rules and Regulations AHS 369/369L 4
Critical Care, Advanced Surgical Assisting, and Anesthesiology AHS 407/407L 4
Externship in Animal Health Science AHS 442 2
Externship in Animal Health Science AHS 443 2
Veterinary Economics and Hospital Management AHS 450 3
Undergraduate Seminar AVS 463 2
or Development of Ag. Leadership Skills AG 464 3

 

Support CoursesBack To Top

Computer Applications in Agriculture AG 128/128L 3
Basic Microbiology MIC 201/201L 5
College Chemistry CHM 122/122L 4
Elements of Organic Chemistry CHM 201/250L 4
College Algebra MAT 105 4

Science Track – Select 16 units

Biology of Cancer .BIO 302 4
Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology .BIO 310 4
Neuroscience BIO 424 4
Molecular Biology Techniques BIO 451/451L 3/2
Medical Mycology MIC 425/425L 3/2
Hematology MIC 444/444L 3/1
Vertebrate Zoology ZOO 238/238L 3/2
Animal Behavior ZOO 419/419L 2/1
Histology ZOO 422/422L 2/3
Herpetology ZOO 429/429L 2/2
Organic Chemistry CHM 314 3
Organic Chemistry CHM 315 3
Organic Chemistry CHM 316 3
Biochemistry CHM 327 3
Biochemistry CHM 328 3
Biochemistry CHM 329 3
Clinical Chemistry CHM 331/331L 2/2

Business Track – Select 16 units

Managerial Accounting for Decision Making ACC 208/208A 5
Principles of Economics ED 201 4
Legal Environment of Business FRL 201 4
Management Information Systems CIS 310 4
Food and Agribusiness Marketing FMA 304 4
Or Principles of Marketing Management IBM 301 4
Data Management for Agribusiness FMA 375 4
Or Managerial Statistics TOM 302 4
Operations Management for Agribusiness FMA 376 4
Or Operations Management TOM 301 4
Managing Agribusiness Organizations FMA 201 3
Or Principles of Management .MHR 301 4
Managerial Finance FRL 300 3
Agribusiness Personnel Management FMA 402 4
Or Human Resource Management MHR 311 4

General Education CoursesBack To Top

Students should consult the catalog website for current information regarding this requirement. Unless specific courses are stated below, see the list of approved courses under General Education Requirements, Areas A through E.

Area A:
1. Written Communication   4
2. Oral Communication   4
3. Critical Thinking   4
Area B:
1. Statistics with Applications STA 120 4
2. College Chemistry CHM 121/121L 4
3. Basic Biology BIO 115/115L 5
4. The Animal Industry and Society AVS 311 4
Area C:
1. Select one course   4
2. Select one course   4
3. Select one course   4
4. Select one course   4
Area D:
1. Introduction to American Government and United States History PLS 201, HST 202 4,4
2. Agriculture and the Modern World AG 101 4
3. Select one course   4
4. Select one course   4
Area E:
Drugs and Society AVS 211 4

Course DescriptionsBack To Top

CR/NC courses noted with a +

AHS 104 Orientation and Careers in AHS (2)

This course will outline the academic path that students in the AHS major will follow. In particular, expectations and outcomes of the required externships and work experiences will be specified. The essential task list that has been developed by the American Veterinary Medical Association for veterinary technicians will be explained and distributed. Liability and health concerns will be discussed. This course will also discuss the various employment opportunities available for students graduating with this degree. 2 lectures.

AHS 128 Companion Animal Care (4)

Nutrition, common diseases, and behavior of companion animals. Dogs and cats will be the primary animals considered. Guest lecturers will present information on exotic animals. 4 lectures.

AHS 128L Companion Animal Nursing Skills Lab (2)

An experiential course designed to provide instruction in basic and skilled nursing techniques in companion animal medical care. Classes will be held in on and off campus veterinary or animal facilities as is appropriate. This course is intended for lower division students in the Animal Health Sciences major. 2 three-hour laboratories. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the AHS Option.

AHS 129/129L Large Animal Handling, Restraint and Basic Procedure (2/2)

General concepts of restraint and handling of wild and domestic large animals. Emphasis on physical and chemical restraint. Discussion of the tools of restraint, rope work and medical problems that might occur during restraint. 2 lectures, 2 three-hour laboratories. Concurrent enrollment required.

AHS 202/202L Clinical Anatomy for Veterinary Technicians (2/1)

A course to provide instruction into the anatomy of domestic animals. Emphasis will be on those structures and systems critical from a veterinary clinical aspect. 2 hours lecture and 1 three-hour laboratory. Concurrent enrollment required.

AHS 205/205L Clinical Pathology (2/2)

An advanced laboratory course providing instruction in hematology, clinical pathology, microbiology, urinalysis and necropsy procedures used to diagnose health problems in veterinary clinics and diagnostic laboratories. 2 lectures and 2 three-hour laboratories. Prerequisites: BIO 115/115L, CHM 121/121L.

AHS 207/207L Clinical Biochemistry and Pharmacology (2/2)

The use of clinical chemical procedures, the classification and action of pharmaceuticals, and the dispensing of medications will be studied. Includes conversion and calculation of drugs, prescription writing and routes of administration. 2 lectures, 2 three-hour laboratories. Prerequisites: AHS 205/205L.

AHS 208/208L Veterinary Radiology (1/2)

Instruction in the use of radiological equipment and the development and interpretation of X-rays as used in veterinary clinics. 1 lecture and 2 three-hour laboratories. Prerequisites: AHS 202/202L.

+AHS 244 Work Experience in Animal Health Sciences (2)

Practical experience working in public or private clinics or laboratories where application of animal health sciences or research takes place. Experiences should be useful in preparation for state board exams in veterinary technology and/or AAALAC exams for certification in laboratory animal care. This course is intended for lower division students in the Animal Health Sciences major. Prerequisite: AHS 244.

AHS 245 Clinical Externship (2)

Practical experience working in public or private clinics, or laboratories where application of animal health sciences or research takes place. Experiences should be useful in preparation for state and national board exams in veterinary technology and/or AAALAC exams for certification in laboratory animal care. Prerequisite: AHS 104 and AHS 244.

AHS 302/302L Animal Parasitology (3/1)

The study of animal parasites and their relationship to clinical and subclinical parasitic diseases of livestock, companion animals, laboratory animals and wildlife. Emphasis will be placed on zoonotic parasites and parasites most commonly found in North America. 3 lectures, 1 three-hour laboratory. Concurrent enrollment required. Prerequisite: BIO 115/115L.

AHS 310 Veterinary Medical Law, Language, and Ethics (3)

Instruction in the application of the rules, guidelines, and regulation of federal, state, county, municipal and local governments, report writing and accounting procedures used in the operation of animal health care. Documentation requirements, licensing requirements and task appropriation by level of supervisors. 3 lectures. Prerequisite: AVS 104, AHS 128, AHS 128L, and AHS 202/202L.

AHS 369/369L Laboratory Animal Management, Rules and Regulations (3/1)

Instruction in the specific concepts of laboratory management according to The Guide will be the basis of study. An emphasis will be placed on supervisory management of laboratory animal facilities and accreditation requirements. 3 lectures, 1 three-hour laboratory. AHS 407/407L Critical Care, Advanced Surgical Assisting and

Anesthesiology (2/2)

Instruction in the specific concepts of intensive care veterinary nursing, surgical assisting in advanced and/or specialized surgical techniques and advanced anesthesia techniques will be mastered. 2 lectures, 2 three-hour laboratories. Prerequisites: AHS 208/208L.

+AHS 442 Externship in Animal Health Sciences I (2)

Practical experience working in public or private clinics or laboratories where application of animal health sciences or research takes place. Experiences should be useful in preparation for state board exams in veterinary technology and/or AAALAC exams for certification in laboratory animal care. This course is intended for upperdivision students in the Animal Health Sciences major. Prerequisite: AHS 245.

+AHS 443 Externship in Animal Health Sciences II (2)

Practical experience working in public or private clinics or laboratories where application of animal health sciences or research takes place. Experiences should be useful in preparation for state board exams in veterinary technology and/or AAALAC exams for certification in laboratory animal care. This course is intended for upper division students in the Animal Health Sciences major. Prerequisite: AHS 442.

AHS 450 Veterinary Economics and Hospital Management (3)

Principles of veterinary economics as they relate to companion animals. Analysis of market and industry conditions that shape veterinary practice and veterinary economics. Study of hospital management strategies, including: administrative, marketing, legal, human resource, client communication, standards of care, inventory control, medical records, practice management software, profitability and hospital design. 3 lectures.

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