Small Animal Care: Syllabus

Course Title:
Small Animal Care Syllabi Instructional Strategies:

Instructor Information:
Lori Pagel Room 403
Phone: (507)634-2961
Office Hours: 7:30 – 3:30
e-mail address:
Assessment Strategies:
Each animal chapter will include a lecture, terms and questions, xword puzzle, quiz and test.
Technology: Students will do some word processing and have access to the internet. Culminating Performance Assessment:
Written test and identification test
Course Description: Students will be made aware of the growing industry of small animals. They will explore various career opportunities and will visit with people involved in the progression. Small animal care, equipment and housing needs, and personal responsibility for small animals are covered. Possible units are rabbits, ferrets, birds, cats, and dogs, along with animal ethics and rights.
Essential Questions:
Am I interested in the small animal industry as a career?
Do I enjoy this as a past time or hobby?
Do I want to learn more about the industry?

Course Outcomes: The primary objective of this class is to expose students to the world of small animals. Whether the student is interested in going into the field of small animal care as a career or just owning a pet. Assignments:
Terms, questions, xword, projects will be assigned for each chapter covered. Tri-fold and research board will be completed on an animal issue.
Standard: Issue Analysis Performance Scale:
What Students Should Know and Understand(Declarative Knowledge):Students will:
Students will:
A. Learn the history of the animals studied.
B. Investigate and identify the major breeds or groups of a specie.
C. Identify classifications of major species.
D. Recognize importance of spay/neutering
E. Describe functions of breed associations.
F. Identify professional societies.
G. Learn the proper method of feeding and care of animals.
H. Be exposed to different grooming and training methods.
I. Discuss the various health concerns of the various small animals.
J. Look at various housing and equipment needs of animals.
K. Research an issue and evaluate proposed positions or solutions by:
1. gathering information on past
or contemporary issues;
2. identifying relevant questions or a range of points of view:
3. summarizing relevant background information:
4. examining information from each source for bias and intended audience:
5. identifying areas of conflict, compromise or agreement among various groups concerning the issue: and
evaluating multiple positions and proposed solutions for the issue, including analyzing conclusions, arguments, and supporting evidence: identifying impact on policies, comparing alternative solutions: and projecting consequences. Real World Application(s):

Working in the small animal industry as a vet assistant, lab tech for a vet, or starting a pet care business of their own.
Classroom Policies:
All chapter assignments are due when the test is given. Late assignments will be given less credit.

Work missed due to an absence will be given 2 days to be made up for full credit. Grading:

District Grading Scale will be used.  See handbook.
Primary Source Material:
Small Animal Care and Management
By Dean M. Warren
Delmar Publishers copyright 1995 Portfolio Requirements:
Students will not complete a portfolio, but will have a tri-fold board and research paper to do.
WWW.Resources: Other Source Material:


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