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Companion Animal Science

Campus Location: Calmar

Program Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Award: Associate of Science


The companion animal industry continuse to be a strong economic force in U.S. agriculture. This program teaches the skills required for jobs in the companion animal industry.

Program students can expect to immediately enter into the workforce after completion of their two-year degree or they may transfer with junior status to a four-year college to pursue a B.S. degree. 

Career options for graduates include:

  • Transfer to four-year colleges for B. S. degree completion
  • Management position at an animal-based business
  • Industry jobs with AI firms or local producer-owned cooperatives
  • Health-related positions working with/at varied animal health industries
  • Starting one's own animal-related business

Companion Animal Science

Admissions Requirements:

  • Submission of your official high school transcript with ACT score.
  • Submission of transcript from any college or university previously attended.
  • Completion of ACCUPLACER assessment if necessary.

Companion Animal Science

Academic Requirements:

Minimum Credits: 63.5

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Completion of Associate of Science degree requirements AND

AGS:101 Working with Animals 2.0
AGS:114 Survey of the Animal Industry 2.0
AGS:218 Domestic Animal Physiology 4.0
AGS:224 Companion Animal Science 3.0
AGS:319 Animal Nutrition 3.0
BIO:112 General Biology I 4.0
BIO:113 General Biology II  4.0
ENG:106 Composition II 3.0
MAT:110 Math for Liberal Arts 3.0
  Chemistry Elective 3.0
  Chemistry Lab Elective 1.0
* Computer Elective 1.5
* General Electives 9.0

Computer Electives: BCA:112, BCA:212, SDV:200
General Electives: AGA:114, AGS:216, AGS:226, AGS:242, AGS:244, AGS:326, AGS:331, AGS:334, AGS:353, AGS:354, BIO:183, BIO:184

Companion Animal Science

Employment Information:

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Salary (Statewide)

  • $22,337 - $28,594: Veterinary Technologists and Technicians
  • $18,476 - $23,788: Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Annual Openings (Statewide)


Companion Animal Science

Additional Information:


Lenny Graves
Dean of Career and Technical Education
800.728.2256, ext. 240

Chris Harvey
Animal Science Instructor
866.474.4692, ext.118

Dave Lawstuen
Dairy Science Instructor
866.474.4692, ext.112