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The Animal Science program provides you the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge required to enter a career in animal science or transfer to a four-year college to continue your education.
You will learn the complete life cycle of beef and swine from pasture to plate, and gain hands-on skills and knowledge in:
Learn from instructors who bring real-world experience from their education, everyday farming, and professional lives. Instructor certifications include:
Hawkeye’s 225-acre Farm Lab: Work with beef and swine to learn their complete life cycle and as well as production and farm management.
Meat Lab: Learn how to cut, process, and grade meat; use meat processing equipment including saw, grinder, stuffer, deli slicers, tumbler, and small smokehouse; and USDA sanitation rules and practices.
Certification: Students will be certified in BQA, PQA Plus ®, Fear Free ®
Fistulated Steer: Learn about the digestive system, and track, test, and analyze the digestibility and nutrition of food.
Field Trips: Visit meat processing plants and various size farming operations to learn how your skills and knowledge can be applied in a variety of work environments.
Conferences: Expand your knowledge and leadership skills at the Postsecondary Agricultural Student (PAS) Conference and the Iowa Pork Congress.
An articulation agreement allows you to transfer your Animal Science coursework to the Animal Science/Pre-Veterinary Medicine program at Iowa State University. Hawkeye also has transfer relationships with Northwest Missouri State University, South Dakota State University, and University of Wisconsin—Platteville.
If you plan to transfer, work closely with a program advisor to ensure courses transfer and you meet program requirements.
This program qualifies for the Scholarship for Success, a Hawkeye scholarship awarded to students who have excelled academically at the high school or HiSET level and will pay $250 per semester towards your tuition!
Dresden developed a passion for animal agriculture at a young age growing up on a diversified livestock farm in Central Iowa. While at Iowa State University she was a member of the 2004 Collegiate Meats Judging team which sparked her interest in meat science and the food industry. Her passion and commitment to the beef industry has endured through the years, as she continues to maintain a predominantly Angus based commercial cow herd. In recent years she has personally become involved in a commercial farrow to finish swine operation. She feels her outside of the classroom involvement in the livestock industry keeps her in-tune with current trends and brings real world experiences to the classroom.
See Dresden's bio.
The Veterinary Assisting program is a three-semester diploma option of the Animal Science program.
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Graduates find employment working in:
Source: 2020 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development
The following is a partial list of employers who have hired graduates from this program:
You can check the status of your application by logging into your Admissions Account.
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