Animal Systems & Pre-Veterinary Science

This advanced year-long course is for students considering an animal industry career as a veterinarian, vet technician, horse trainer, animal groomer, pet store manager, game warden, rancher, farm manager, or other careers working with and caring for farm or companion animals in the future. This course will provide students with a foundation in pre-veterinary zoology studies in the animal species of livestock (food animals) and companion animals (horses, dogs, cats).

Topics include classification, selection, anatomy, physiology, genetics, breeding, behavior, nutrition, health, judging and showing of animals and animal products, grooming, aquaculture, habitat management, wildlife conservation, and the importance of hunting, trapping, and fishing to the Michigan economy.

  • Students grow broiler chickens and fish in the lab, do outdoor studies of the habitat of animal species in the forest, field, and wetland areas of the school campus
  • This course can be retaken as an Advanced Ag Projects/Independent Research class during the same time slot
  • Membership and participation in activities of the National FFA Student Organization, leadership, communication, teamwork skills, and other personal development skills, are part of all natural resources & agriscience classes
  • Students apply hands-on skills outside of the classroom to work based and research type supervised career experience projects as part of their evaluation and grade
  • Students have the opportunity to compete, travel, and win cash awards, recognition and scholarships in FFA
  • To learn more about the Michigan FFA student organization, visit Michigan FFA

Contact Us:

If you have questions please e-mail: David Mellor or visit Mr. Mellor's Website