ANIMAL SCIENCE AND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT
Dr. Ben Bruce, Head
Joe W. Autry Agriculture Building, Room 116
Professor(s): J. Cadle, D. Dottavio, R. Harp, D. Snyder
Associate Professor(s): B. Bruce, D. Henneke, B. Lambert
Assistant Professor(s): J. Breeden, J. Sawyer
Instructor(s): B. Doty, M. Eakin, J. Jackson
The Department of Animal Science and Wildlife Management offers a Bachelor of Science degree in four different degree programs: Animal Science, Animal Production, Animal Industries, Wildlife Management and Bachelor of Applied Technology in Veterinary Technology. In addition, the Department of Animal Sciences offers a Pre-Veterinary Medicine Program. The particular emphasis within each option provides appropriate training according to the career interests of individual students. All students complete similar general education requirements, required by State and University regulations.
Historically, Tarleton has been known for its practical, hands-on approach to agricultural instruction. To allow for as much student exposure to real-life experiences as possible in an academic program, farm and ranch operations involving almost 2,000 acres of land and eight major teaching centers are utilized as agricultural laboratories. In addition to the animal facilities, several classrooms, indoor laboratories, two indoor-teaching pavilions, and an indoor equine arena are utilized in providing students with valuable "how-to-do" experiences.
I. Animal Science
This degree program provides a strong foundation in the scientific aspects (the “whys” and “hows”) of animal production, nutrition, reproduction, anatomy, and physiology. Supporting course work in chemistry, biology, and math provides students with background necessary to an understanding of the complex physiological and biological phenomena that explain why and how animals function and perform.
II. Animal Production
This degree program stresses the practical “how-to” aspects of commercial livestock production with somewhat less emphasis on the “whys” and “hows” of animal physiology and biochemistry. Animal Production is especially designed for students who expect and desire a career in the commercial production, marketing and/or promotion phases of a livestock industry.
III. Animal Industries
The Animal Industries degree program offers students the combination of a strong foundation in animal science courses and basic business courses needed by graduates entering commercial and business enterprises related to animal agriculture.
IV. Wildlife Management
The objective of the wildlife management degree is to prepare students to work in the expanding field of wildlife management. The curriculum has the proper content of wildlife management, range management, and biology to allow the student to become a Certified Wildlife Biologist through The Wildlife Society.
V. Veterinary Technology
The Bachelor of Applied Technology degree in Veterinary Technology will provide a foundation of knowledge and training in animal health care for persons interested in working in this field as a technologist. It will also provide a logical path for persons holding an associate degree in Veterinary Technology to further their knowledge in this field through completion of a bachelor degree. Students completing the program will be able to apply animal physiology principles to treatment of animals in a veterinary clinic as well as business skills to management of a veterinary clinic.
Pre-Veterinary Medicine Program
Students desiring to pursue a veterinary medicine career can complete, at Tarleton, all necessary prerequisites for application to the professional Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program at Texas A&M University. Acceptance into the DVM program is quite competitive, and pre-vet students are encouraged to work closely with their academic advisor in planning their individual programs of study.
The Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science
The Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Production
The Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Industries
The Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife Management
Pre-Veterinary Medicine Program
Minor in Wildlife Management
The Bachelor of Technology Degree in Veterinary Technology