Formal training in domestic animal services can typically be found through majors in animal science or animal care. Programs can lead to a certificate, an associate degree and/or a professional credential.
Most programs require a combination of classroom and hands-on learning, and they may include specialized courses in avian or equine science, aquaculture or zoo animal care. The three community colleges highlighted below offer exceptional programs that cover a wide range of topics related to domestic animal services and provide both theoretical and practical training in the field.
North Shore Community College in Danvers, MA
|School Highlight: These animal services programs could potentially have limited availability.|
North Shore Community College in Danvers offers an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) program for aspiring animal care specialists. Designed for students who want to work with domestic animals, the program can help them prepare for careers as animal control officers or shelter workers, kennel operators, pet sitters or dog trainers. The curriculum includes topics in cat and dog behavior and nutrition, dog training, avian science and small mammal care. Students also learn about general animal health and animal facilities management. Also available is an Animal Care Specialist Certificate.
Yavapai College in Prescott, AZ
|School Highlight: This animal services program requires a 30-credit minimum.|
Yavapai College is a 2-year public school that offers a 30-credit Animal Care and Management Certificate program. Course topics include the study of domestic animal care and behavior, equine science, aquaculture and herpetoculture. Students also learn about zoo animal care and behavior. Courses typically include both classroom and lab work.
Becker College in Worcester, MA
|School Highlight: The schools home to the Lenfest Animal Health Center.|
Becker College offers an Associate of Science in Animal Care. Through classroom studies and practical training, students in this program gain skills in the care and maintenance of both companion and laboratory animals of varying species. They get hands-on training at Lenfest Health Center, an on-campus veterinary clinic, and they can go on field trips to animal shelters and kennels.
Top Domestic Animal Services Schools
Here are few more institutions with strong educational offerings in the field of domestic animal services:
- Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Indiana is one of less than two dozen schools nationwide offering a B.S. in Equine Studies; the program includes courses in equine handling and training, health and nutrition.
- At the University of Maryland in College Park, the animal science program includes domestic and aquatic animal care.
- At the University of New Hampshire in Durham, the applied animal science program offers a concentration in small animal care.
Most domestic animal services programs are available at community colleges, but a few universities also offer training in the field. Hands-on training opportunities are often included.