Animal Management Degree Program Options

Students studying animal management, or the care and maintenance of both exotic and domestic animals, in a degree program learn how to groom, exercise, feed and care for animals.

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Essential Information

Animal management is available at the associate's degree level. A student will typically choose a school offering a program geared towards their field of interest. For example, some associate's degree programs are more zoology focused, while others have a veterinary or clinical focus. Students may also use an associate's degree for further studies in veterinary science, biology and agriculture.

Hands-on experiences with animals should be expected in an animal management degree, and internships may be available.

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Associate of Science in Animal Management

Animal management students must learn to properly interact with, restrain and train a wide variety of animals. They may also be responsible for exhibit design and record keeping. Classes found in an animal management program include:

  • Animal behavior, nutrition and welfare
  • Zoo maintenance and conservation
  • Vertebrate biology
  • Veterinary technology
  • Aquarium science
  • Animal Science

Popular Careers

Associate's degree holders can find career opportunities in most industries dealing with the care and maintenance of exotic and domestic animals. Graduates from an animal management degree program might find work in zoos, veterinary clinics, laboratories and agricultural situations.

Career Outlook and Salary Information

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of working non-farm animal caretakers is expected to increase 11% between 2014 and 2024. The median annual salary for these professionals was $21,010 as of May 2015. Common career titles available include:

  • Animal researcher
  • Zookeeper
  • Animal center manager
  • Veterinary assistant
  • Animal breeder

Continuing Education Information

Graduates with an associate's degree can choose to enter the workforce immediately or pursue a bachelor's degree in animal science. These degree programs combine theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience to train students in the production and management of animals. Students can typically choose several focuses, such as animal health, animal industry or livestock management.

Graduates with an associate's degree in animal management are trained to care for animals and prepared to enter employment positions in zoos, veterinary clinics and animal centers. Continuing education opportunities include bachelor's degree programs in the animal sciences.

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