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Animal Science Management Overview

Advances in animal agriculture confirm the importance of adequate training for livestock farming management from a local and global perspective. CVTC’s Animal Science Management associate degree gives students the skills needed to work in the dairy, beef, and specialty livestock industry, with a focus on dairy and meat animal management.

This program provides competitive and diverse job opportunities, with great placement and competitive salaries. You will spend fewer hours in the classroom and more hours at cooperating farms. CVTC’s experienced instructors and state-of-the-art equipment offers specialized training in animal science and farm management. Students will be provided a variety of real, hands-on experiences with access to over 30 different regional farms, as well as internships and a Capstone course.

Throughout this two-year program you’ll learn about:

  • Animal Health
  • Safe Animal Handling Techniques
  • Animal Anatomy & Physiology
  • Genetic Selection
  • Animal Reproduction
  • Record Keeping/Financial Management
  • Feed Analysis
  • Nutrition
  • Herd Management
  • Herd Health
  • Livestock Facilities

Career Opportunities

Dairy Consultant

Nutrition Consultant

Sales Specialist

Technical Sales Representative

Graduate Employers

Holden Farms

Miltrim Farms

Just the Facts

Animal Science Management
60 Credit Associate Degree

Length of Program //
Two Years

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Program Location //
Eau Claire

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   Financial Aid Eligible

   Non-Traditional Occupation

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Estimated Total:  $11,419

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Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you can take in the Animal Science Management program.

Animal Science
Provides fundamental knowledge of the animal science field. Topics include animal health, animal environments, anatomy and physiology, genetics and reproduction, animal feedstuffs, and job-related safety. Participants will experience animal concepts through the completion of hands-on activities.

Industry Skills
Want to have a successful career in the Agriculture industry? Learn about what is involved in having a job, managing finances or other people and leadership. This is a class that will help prepare you for your first ag-related job, as well as understanding responsibilities and expectations you will have in the future. This is a course that will get students ready to enter the work force by helping them learn and become aware of some basic skill needed to have success in the work place and provide an individual the ability to become a productive member in the community in which they live, as well as help out their family. It will also help them to become more aware of saving for their own future.

Livestock Modernization
Livestock Modernization will focus on technology and modernization, robotic milking barn design, data management on farms with robotic milkers, automated feed pushers, precision feeding, using activity monitors for heat detection and decision making tools. Students will participate in various lab opportunities on state-of-the art dairy farms in western Wisconsin.

Animal Science Management Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking where they are working, whether it is in their degree field, and several other questions related to employment. Below are the program outcomes and job data.

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Yearly Salary

Animal Science Management professionals make an average starting salary of $38,121.


Regional Jobs

There are 58 job openings in the CVTC district for the Animal Science Management industry.


Credits to Other Institutions

Transfer your CVTC credits to another institution to continue your education. Explore transfer agreements.

* This wage is not specific to CVTC graduates. Wage estimates are based on entry-level positions and are gathered from EMSI which is an Economic Modeling Software that blends historical and projected industry and occupation trends within CVTC's 11-county district. Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey.


Focus On Student Success

In Animal Science Management I am furthering my knowledge of farming. I like the hands-on learning with highly-educated instructors that live and understand farming. They use hands-on teaching with the latest and greatest technology and materials.

Tess, Animal Science Management Student

Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.

Degrees & Diplomas

Agricultural Service Technician, Technical Diploma

Agronomy Management, Associate Degree

Farm Business & Production Management, Technical Diploma

Farm Operation, Technical Diploma

Landscape, Plant & Turf Management, Associate Degree

Landscape, Plant & Turf Technician, Technical Diploma

Continue Your Learning

CVTC can help you achieve your learning goals whether you are looking to advance your career or enrich your personal life.

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