Course Syllabus

Animal Science II-Small Animals

Course Description

This course provides instruction on animal husbandry topics related to small animals that are served by a veterinarian. Content related to the breeding, grooming, care and marketing of animals that fit into this category will be covered through this course. Opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience will be included in the course and reinforced through work-based learning and leadership experiences.

Course Standards

  1. Leadership Development
  1. The Small Animal Care Industry
  2. Anatomy & Physiology
  3. Animal Breeds & Basic Management

Major Course Projects and Assignments

  • Unit tests will be given. Students will be informed of test dates ahead of time.
  • Students will have weekly online quizzes. All online quizzes are due the day of the unit test.
  • Various labs/dissections will be conducted in the classroom throughout the semester.
  • Students will conduct an SAE project. Instructions on will be given in class.

Instructional Philosophy

All agriculture classes at Cuthbertson High School are focused around the three-circle model of Agricultural Education.  The three circles include: classroom instruction, FFA, and Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE).  Classroom instruction will provide a foundation of knowledge on the course content along with many opportunities for hands-on experience to apply what is being taught.  Secondly, the FFA is a National Organization that provides opportunities for leadership experience, community service, competitions in various agricultural areas, and much more.  Finally, SAE projects are unique to Agricultural Education.  These projects allow students to take what is learned in the classroom setting and apply that knowledge to real-world scenarios.  Many different career options can also be explored while conducting SAE’s.


Assessment and Grading Plan

Tests/ Class Projects= 40%

SAE Project=10%

Quizzes= 20%

 Participation/Notebook Check= 15%

Classwork/Homework= 15%

*Any questions about grades should be handled before or after class.

Course Materials

  • Pencils/Pens (Blue or Black ink only)
  • Notebook Paper
  • 1 ½ inch 3-ring binder
  • 3 tab dividers labeled:
    • Breed ID
    • Notes
    • Graded Work
  • Colored Pencils/Markers
  • Animal Science- Small Animals Course Pack (Hard Copy)

·        Vet Assisting Academy

As a part of the Cuthbertson Animal Science Program, interested students have the unique opportunity to become certified veterinary assistants upon completion of the Vet Assisting pathway.  Animal Science 1, Animal Science 2-Small Animals or Animal Science 2* are pre-requisites for the Vet Assisting Academy.  Once these courses are completed, students may register for the Vet Assisting Class as a junior or senior in the fall.  Students then complete their co-op with a local veterinarian during the spring semester.  Students may take the vet assisting course without registering for the co-op if they choose.  Please direct any questions to Mr. Shumate.

*Note- Animal Science 2- Small Animals or Animal Science 2 may be taken as a co-requisite with the Vet Assisting course if offered during the same semester.





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