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Animal Science

A World of Possibilities

Sheep Cleaning

Through the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department, Santa Rosa Junior College offers an outstanding Animal Science Program. Students develop the skills and knowledge that will help them gain a strong, competitive position in careers related to animal selection, health, nutrition, reproduction, processing, and sale of livestock.

As one of the nation's top two-year colleges and one of the largest community colleges in California, SRJC’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Department provides relevant, high quality, hands-on instruction and career training for students interested in beef, dairy, poultry, swine, sheep, horse industries, and even exotic zoo and companion animals.

Animal Science is a fascinating blend of applied and basic animal life sciences. SRJC’s beautiful 365-acre Shone Farm serves as an outdoor field laboratory and learning environment that includes a multitude of feeding, care, and restraint facilities for the meat animal program, and features herds of grass-fed cattle and sheep. The Warren G. Dutton Jr. Agricultural Pavilion houses an indoor and outdoor arena, horse paddocks, and corrals, joining the 100 acres of livestock pasture, 120 acres of forested land, 50 acres of multiuse land, 70 acres of vineyards, and market gardens that serve the Sustainable Agriculture Program.

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Earn a Degree

Students may earn an Associate in Science (A.S.) in Animal Science by taking the core courses for the degree along with general education requirements to earn an A.S. For students who wish to pursue a bachelor's degree at a four-year university, SRJC's outstanding transfer program will help them successfully achieve their goal.

Strong Employment Outlook

By majoring in Animal Science, students can prepare for more than 500 different jobs related to animal agriculture including:

CalfAnimal Production/Management

Concerned with production of cattle, sheep, goats, horses, swine, and poultry. Individuals entering this field are the cornerstone of the animal industry. They should be superb business people and knowledgeable in all areas of Animal Science, including animal behavior, reproduction, growth, feeding, and many other aspects of animal husbandry.

Research and Education

Agencies employing researchers include the USDA, private companies, and universities. People with advanced degrees in Animal Science are also needed to teach in secondary schools, colleges, universities, and extension services.

Food Processing

This area involves the marketing and fabrication of animal products and is a major employer of Animal Science graduates. This is a thriving industry that must continue to meet the demands of our health conscious society for premium meat products.

Woman student with side of beefAnimal Feed/Health Industry

Pharmaceutical, livestock products, and feed companies seek Animal Science graduates to become part of their sales force, consulting agencies, or research groups. Animal Science students can become veterinarians with techniques that directly involve the health and productivity of animals.

Communication and Service Organizations

Breed associations, livestock commodity groups, artificial insemination services, and government agencies employ Animal Science student representatives. Employees with Animal Science training and excellent written communication skills are needed for publications and media that focus on the livestock industry.

Zoos, Kennels, Horse Farms, Animal Clinics and Preserves

There are many positions available as animal caretakers, technicians, gamekeepers, and veterinary assistants.

Community and Industry Connections

Nursing Calf

There are numerous outreach activities that help students expand their skills in Animal Science, including field trips, internships, conferences, guest speakers, exposure to job opportunities, volunteer work, and helping coordinate agricultural events on the farm - SRJC's Annual Project Livestock Sale and livestock judging clinic and contest.

Students in the Animal Science Program also have opportunities to work at SRJC’s Shone Farm through paid, part-time positions and internships that provide on-the-job experience and academic credit.

Special studies and enterprise projects encourage students to pursue individual interests, including starting their own businesses that utilize the land, water, equipment, and other resources using the Shone Farm as their testing ground.

Animal Science Advisory Committee

The vitality and effectiveness of SRJC’s Animal Science programs are directly dependent upon strong partnerships with the livestock industry. To ensure that curriculum is relevant and that students are gaining the skills needed to be successful in the job market, the Animal and Equine Science Advisory Committee is advised by prominent leaders in the local industry. See the Animal Science Advisory Committee.

Contact Us

For additional information about SRJC’s Animal Science Program, contact:

Casey Cole
Department Chair
Agriculture/Natural Resources Department
Telephone: (707) 527-4363
Fax: (707) 527-4651
E-mail: ccole2@santarosa.edu
Room 2095, Lark Hall, Santa Rosa Campus

Full-time Faculty - Casey Cole
Adjunct faculty

Classes

For information about class offerings, access SRJC’s current Schedule of Classes.