AGR1222 COMPANION ANIMAL MANAGEMENT
3 Credit Hours
This course is open to all students.
AGR1222 - Companion Animal Management (3 hrs.)
This course will teach students about current concepts and management principles related to pet and companion animal species and their roles in society. Introduction to the human-animal bond, service animals, kennel and cattery management, anatomy, internal and external parasites, toxins, restraint and handling, training, reproduction, nutrition, genetics, and breeding.
The purpose of this course is to provide basic knowledge of emotional relationships with humans, and the science of companion animals.
Upon completion of the course, the student will:
- Identify management practices related to breeds and species of companion animals.
- Recognize and explain the emotional relationship between people and animals.
- Discuss and show a basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology of companion animals.
- Demonstrate basic knowledge of nutrition, reproduction and basic body systems.
- Define and show a basic knowledge of health care.
Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:
The following outline defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period. Instructors may add other material as time allows.
UNIT 1: Introduction
Outcomes: Students will identify management practices related to breeds and species of companion animals.
- Identify Breeds of each species as set by instructor.
- Explain and identify function of restraints and their need.
- Express knowledge of basic health, nutritional, emotional, and behavior management.
- Demonstrate any other management practices set by instructor.
UNIT 2: Relationship and Behavior
Outcomes: Students will recognize and explain the emotional relationship between people and animals.
- Discuss possible relationships between animals and humans.
- Identify behavioral signs in animals and humans.
- Examine possible emotional responses between humans and animals.
UNIT 3: Anatomy and Physiology
Outcomes: Discuss and show basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology and basic body systems of companion animals.
- Demonstrate knowledge of skeletal parts.
- Show a knowledge of nervous parts.
- Demonstrate knowledge of muscular parts.
- Apply a knowledge of circulatory system.
- Demonstrate knowledge of respiratory system.
- Explain and label the GI parts.
UNIT 4: Nutrition and Reproduction
Outcomes: Students will demonstrate basic knowledge of nutrition and reproduction.
- Demonstrate knowledge of animal nutrition.
- Explain the hormones in the body that affects reproduction.
- List the signs of heat.
- Identify and explain function of each reproductive parts of females of each species.
- Explain and identify function of each reproductive part of the male tract for each species.
UNIT 5: Healthcare
Outcomes: Students should Define and show a basic knowledge of health care.
- Demonstrate knowledge of animal’s daily health needs.
- Explain usage of vaccines and types of injections.
- Discuss the physical signs of illness.
- Identify and explain function of medications.
Varies, refer to syllabus.
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Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.
The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.
Maximum class size:
Based on classroom occupancy.
Course Time Frame:
The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission and the Kansas Board of Regents define credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching and assessing the educational aspects of the college. A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time. The number of semester hours of credit allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid courses shall be assigned by the college based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.
Refer to the following policies:
402.00 Academic Code of Conduct
263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades
403.00 Student Code of Conduct
Disability Services Program:
Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability. If a student has a disability which may impact work in this class which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.