At the end of this course, the student will be expected to be able to:
1) Compare and contrast the basic differences and similarities among companion animal species & then utilize basic scientific principles to differentiate how (and why) these animals function in today’s society (GEP).
2) Recognize and provide the common attributes of many breeds of dogs and cats common to the USA;
3) Identify the living habits and behavior of companion animals and the husbandry methods required to meet the needs of these animals;
4) Summarize mammalian anatomy and physiology, especially of both dog and cat species;
5) Outline the basic biological concepts of nutrition, reproduction, genetics and diseases of companion animals (GEP);
6) Recall the basic training currently utilized for primarily dog and cat species;
7) Evaluate how and why problem behaviors can arise in dog and cat species and propose ways to address them;
8) Investigate and apply the legal regulations and policies to determine the best management techniques (in relationship to animal ownership and care);
9) Describe and explain emerging research on the special relationship that exists between humans and companion animals;
10) Utilize information from guest speaker presentations on various companion animal current topics to explore future career or ownership opportunities.