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If you are interested in animals and their roles in our world and how animal health and science go together, the Animal Veterinary Science program at CWI is for you! This program offers students a broad-base of biological principles. Throughout the program, students are encouraged to critically evaluate the importance of sustainability in animal agriculture and recognize the global nature of this field. Courses taken at CWI can transfer towards the first two years of a bachelor’s degree and the skills learned used in a variety of entry-level agricultural occupations.
The Animal Veterinary Science (AVS) program at CWI will foster a comprehensive understanding of, and lifelong appreciation for, the contributions of agriculture in the local, statewide, national, and global community. The AVS program will empower students to meet the challenges of their individual career goals as well as enable them to be responsive to future changes in the animal veterinary science industry.
Why This Program
This degree is designed for students interested in Animal or Veterinary Science, has a strong foundation in Chemistry and Biology, and includes many transfer options beyond CWI. The courses within the program are designed to evaluate issues regarding sustainability in the animal agriculture field. A capstone class will help ensure students are prepared for application and have completed their hours. The program emphasizes critical thinking skills and scientific principles to understand current issues and societal concerns about animal agriculture. Investment in the program develops a strong background in animal agriculture and serves as a resource of information to our society, both on a local and global level.
What You Will Learn to Do
- Gain a robust foundation to support increasingly comprehensive knowledge in the agricultural sciences
- Become a critical thinker who utilizes scientific approaches when addressing questions regarding the production of food, feed, and fiber
- Recognize and effectively communicate the importance of the agricultural sciences as a resource for human society
- CWI has an agreement with the University of Idaho which allows students to transfer from CWI with their AS in Animal Veterinary Science into one of their various pathways, which include
- Animal Science: Business
- Animal Science: Dairy
- Animal Science: Production
- Animal Science: Pre Vet
- Students enroll in a capstone course (AGRI 290), where they gain valuable real world experience in their chosen profession.
Requirements and Costs
Degrees and Certificates
Animal Veterinary Sciences - Associate of Science Degree
Explore the resources below for information, dates, and deadlines related to admissions, financial aid, registration, and next steps.
|Dates & Deadlines for Credit Programs||Summer 2023||Fall 2023||Spring 2024|
|Priority Registration Begins 1||N/A||Apr 10||Nov 13 (2023)|
|Open Registration Begins||Feb 27||Apr 17||Nov 20 (2023)|
|Financial Aid Priority Deadline||May 13||Jul 29||Dec 16 (2023)|
|Admission Deadline 2||May 27||Aug 12||Jan 6|
|Last Day to Register for Classes||Jun 2||Aug 18||Jan 12|
|Tuition and Fees Due||Jun 2||Aug 18||Jan 12|
|Classes Begin 3||Jun 5||Aug 21||Jan 16|
1 Priority registration is limited to continuing students. Students are assigned a registration time based on their cumulative credits earned. Students should check myCWI and their CWI email to learn their assigned registration time. Students may register online anytime on or after their assigned registration time.
2 The Admission Deadline for international students is earlier than the deadline for non-international students and is only available during the fall and spring semesters. Please consult the Academic Calendar for the international student admission deadlines.
3 Classes in shorter sessions (including 4-, 5-, and 8-week sessions) may begin before or after this date. Please refer to the specific class session sections beneath the full Academic Calendar for more information.
Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI offers advising assistance to help in deciding which courses you need to take to reach your education and career goals. Visit Advising or contact One Stop Student Services for more information.
Students who are planning to transfer to University of Idaho after the completion of their A.S. should consult the specific UI articulation agreement for the expected CWI coursework needed for the specific major in order to select the applicable elective classes.
Connecting With Ideas
Connecting With Ideas (CWI 101) is the first semester student success course designed to help CWI students become engaged members of the academic community and cultivate habits for lifelong achievement and success. Each semester, students can select from a variety of themes. More information about next semesters CWI 101 themes
Look beyond your degree at CWI and plan for continuing your education by working closely with CWI advising and representatives of your intended transfer school. Planning before you transfer can save you time and money. Visit Transfer Information for more information or contact One Stop Student Services.
Transfer is made easy with CWI's articulation agreements for selected Bachelor of Science in Agriculture programs offered at the University of Idaho.
Financial Aid Available
Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.
- Agriculture Production
- Animal Health
- Veterinary Medicine
- Veterinary Technology
- Animal Behavior
- Agriculture Sustainability
- Agriculture Extension
The Animal Veterinary Sciences program prepares students for a wide range of agricultural occupations. Completion of the program is designed to result in an Associate degree in Animal Veterinary Science which can be transferred to four-year universities and professional programs, including professional Veterinary Medicine schools.
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