Pet Science

Mt. San Antonio College

Certificate of Completion

The Pet Science Certificate focuses on the proper care and management of various pets. This includes: breed identification and characteristics, grooming, showing, nutrition, practical care, behavior, breeding, and housing. Consideration will be given to the economic influence of the pet industry.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the various species of pets, pet management systems, and the different industry opportunities associated with the respective species.
  • Students will understand the scientific principles of animal production in relation to genetics, reproduction, nutrition, physiology, and environment.
  • Students will demonstrate competency in the areas of animal health, disease, welfare and handling and understand how these factors influence animal stress and welfare.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the economic influence of the pet industry in today's society.
  • Students will be competent with the use of technology and have abilities in the areas of critical thinking and decision-making. In addition, they must have strong oral and written communication skills, and a sense of the importance of responsibility and work ethic. 

Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.

Required Courses

Course Prefix Course Name Units
Pet Shop Management
Canine Management
Feline Management
Tropical and Coldwater Fish Management
Reptile Management
Aviculture - Cage and Aviary Birds
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