Welcome to Animal Science and Research

Animal Science and Research Overview

  • The Animal Science and Research program prepares students for a variety of career opportunities within the animal care industry and agricultural sciences.  It also helps guide learners to postsecondary opportunities.  Students learn through hands-on experiences from the animals in the classroom, offsite visits to local businesses, discussions and presentations from industry professionals and personal projects they develop.

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    • Operate hands-on in the classroom to become proficient in animal handling techniques and other components of small animal care including diagnostic and preventative care.
    • Identify animal welfare concerns and the importance of this in our community and within the animal industry, including food science.
    • Explore the anatomy and physiology of animals across species and learn how their body systems impact health, growth and performance.
    • Learn why preserving agriculture is so important for our future.
    • Learn about agricultural leadership including the importance of communication on sensitive topics.
    • Tour and job shadow at veterinary hospitals and large animal facilities and discover the vast career opportunities in the animal industry.
    • Opportunities within FFA to grow and develop strong personal characteristics and build lasting relationships.

    What We Do

    • Partner with educational and industrial institutions for advanced learning and employment opportunities
    • Integrate skills needed in the workplace into classroom and laboratory instruction

    This program is available to students in their junior and/or senior year for three hours a day

    Program Sponsors

    • American Royal
    • Dechra Pharmaceuticals
    • ABS Scientific Consulting
    • GD Farm LLC
    • Kansas State University

     Professional Organizations

    • American Royal
    • John Deere
    • Mission Veterinary Emergency and Speciality
    • Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm
    • Kansas FFA

    Student Organizations

    • FFA - Future Farmers of America
    • SkillsUSA
    • Youth for the Quality Care of Animals