Animal Sciences CTE Courses
CTE Pathway courses are cluster-based courses scheduled during the academic cycle to meet the needs of Strands 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 of the Vocational Technical Education Frameworks under Chapter 74 Regulations (CMR 603).
Communication and Essential Skills – Grade 11 Pathway
Course # paa301 | Credits: 2
This semester-based course explores the communication, problem-solving and leadership skills necessary for success in the animal science fields of Companion Animals, Equine Sciences, and Veterinary Science. Students will be given multiple opportunities to practice individually and in groups the many interpersonal attributes required for success in the animal sciences pathway, including the ability to communicate, empathize, and collaborate effectively when dealing with people in the animal science workplace.
Animal Ethics and Agricultural Laws – Grade 11 Pathway
Course # paa302 | Credits: 2
This semester-based course is designed to build student understanding of the current debates about the nature and extent of our moral obligations to animals through the framework of agricultural laws. Topics will include theories of ethics and their application to animals, our moral relationship to animals, animal minds, and the uses of animals for food, clothing, experimentation, entertainment, hunting, as companions or pets, and other purposes. Students will develop positions based upon theoretical and legal issues concerning ethics and animals, giving reasons for their support, and defending their views from potential objections and criticism.
Laboratory Skills for Animal Sciences – Grade 12 Pathway
Course # paa401 | Credits: 2
This semester-based course is designed to introduce students to laboratory skills as they are applied to the animal sciences. Students explore the impact of laboratory skills and what these can tell us about animals, including animal reproduction, the equine industry, animal health and human health, production technology, processing, and distribution of agricultural animal products. Students will participate in classroom and laboratory activities that are complemented by cutting-edge research.
Applied Mathematics in Animal Science – Grade 12 Pathway
Course # paa402 | Credits: 2
This semester-based course is intended to build student understanding of animal science through real-world mathematical applications. Students will learn how to use indices, graphics, budgeting, interest calculations, compounding and discounting, along with basic statistical measures to broaden their ability to incorporate the use of these calculations into animal science knowledge. The goal of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to select, understand, and critically evaluate scientific studies in the animal sciences disciplines.