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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

Additional Opportunities

  • 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.

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