The Animal Science program at Ohio Hi-Point offers a foundation for anyone wanting a career in any part of the Animal Industry. Students take courses in Companion Animal Selection, Nutrition, and Reproduction; Animal Health; Livestock Nutrition, Selection, and Reproduction: and Vet Science. There is also an elective called Introduction to Zoo and Aquarium that is available.

Most program graduates choose to continue their education at either a 2- or 4-year college, majoring in areas such as Equine Management, Nature Interpretation, Wildlife Management, Zoology, Marine Biology, and Animal Assisted Therapy.

Students interact with animals every day and are exposed to a wide variety of companion and exotic animals. Study trips and guest speakers compliment the instruction that is happening in the lab. Students run a grooming salon that is open to the public. This provides experience with dogs, while learning the skills necessary to work in a grooming salon. The salon is also how the program's FFA chapter makes money to finance the Animal Science FFA activities.

Students are members of FFA and as such, enjoy a variety of activities while learning leadership and team-building skills. FFA members are also involved in Career Development Events and frequently travel to compete in events like Nature Interpretation, Equine Management, Wildlife Management, Animal Management, and Aquarium Management.

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The program is a networking opportunity of a lifetime for students interested in animal careers.Students have the opportunity to learn and interact one-on-one with the nation’s top biologists and zoologists during study trips to the Cincinnati and Columbus zoos.

You'll also learn:

  • Behavior and condition of animals
  • Animal breed identification
  • Entrepreneurship development
  • Grooming technologies
  • Provide care to animals
  • Nutrition, reproduction and disease recognition, prevention, and control

Below are the career-technical classes offered during this two-year program. Students may also choose to add electives to their schedule.

Year One 

  • Companion Animal Selection, Nutrition, and Management
  • Animal Health

Year Two 

  • Livestock Selection, Nutrition, and Management
  • Veterinary Science
  • Animal Science Capstone
Industry Certifications
  • 10-hour OSHA
  • CPR/First Aid
  • Elanco Fundamentals of Animal Science
  • Elanco Veterinary Medicine Applications
College Partnerships
  • Clark State Community College 
  • Hocking College 
  • Ohio State University- ATI 
  • Mt. St. Joseph’s 
  • Wilmington

*Partnerships continue to evolve. Talk to the instructor for the most up-to-date partnerships and credit options.

Salary Potential
  • $30,000 (Veterinary Technician) 
  • $47,500 (Zoologist) 
  • $51,000 (Wildlife Biologist)