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Contact: Short Term VocationalTitle: DepartmentContact: stv@mtsac.edu
Career Outlook Pet Science (Non-Credit)

Certificate of Completion
#24172

The Pet Science Certificate focuses on the proper care and management of various pets. This includes: breed identification and characteristics, grooming, showing, nutrition, practical care, behavior, breeding, and housing. Consideration will be given to the economic influence of the pet industry.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the various species of pets, pet management systems, and the different industry opportunities associated with the respective species.
  • Students will understand the scientific principles of animal production in relation to genetics, reproduction, nutrition, physiology, and environment.
  • Students will demonstrate competency in the areas of animal health, disease, welfare and handling and understand how these factors influence animal stress and welfare.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the economic influence of the pet industry in today's society.
  • Students will be competent with the use of technology and have abilities in the areas of critical thinking and decision-making. In addition, they must have strong oral and written communication skills, and a sense of the importance of responsibility and work ethic. 
     

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Required Courses

Industry StatisticsJob Titles & Salaries
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    • Nonfarm Animal Caretakers

      Nonfarm Animal Caretakers

      SOC Career Code: 39-2021.00

      Feed, water, groom, bathe, exercise, or otherwise provide care to promote and maintain the well-being of pets and other animals that are not raised for consumption, such as dogs, cats, race horses, ornamental fish or birds, zoo animals, and mice. Work in settings such as kennels, animal shelters, zoos, circuses, and aquariums. May keep records of feedings, treatments, and animals received or discharged. May clean, disinfect, and repair cages, pens, or fish tanks.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $31.92

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $31,085.05
      Annual Job Openings
      7,044

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages

Certificate & Degree Details

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  • Pet Science (Non-Credit)

    Certificate of Completion
    #24172

    The Pet Science Certificate focuses on the proper care and management of various pets. This includes: breed identification and characteristics, grooming, showing, nutrition, practical care, behavior, breeding, and housing. Consideration will be given to the economic influence of the pet industry.

    Program Learning Outcomes

    • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the various species of pets, pet management systems, and the different industry opportunities associated with the respective species.
    • Students will understand the scientific principles of animal production in relation to genetics, reproduction, nutrition, physiology, and environment.
    • Students will demonstrate competency in the areas of animal health, disease, welfare and handling and understand how these factors influence animal stress and welfare.
    • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the economic influence of the pet industry in today's society.
    • Students will be competent with the use of technology and have abilities in the areas of critical thinking and decision-making. In addition, they must have strong oral and written communication skills, and a sense of the importance of responsibility and work ethic. 
       

    Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.

    Required Courses

    Course Prefix Course Name Units
    VOC ASC70
    Pet Shop Management
    VOC ASC71
    Canine Management
    VOC ASC72
    Feline Management
    VOC ASC73
    Tropical and Coldwater Fish Management
    VOC ASC74
    Reptile Management
    VOC ASC76
    Aviculture - Cage and Aviary Birds

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Department Contact

Contact: Short Term VocationalTitle: DepartmentContact: stv@mtsac.edu

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Hours: 8:30 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.Location: Building 40-101Phone: (909) 274-4220