Animal Veterinary Sciences

Transform Your Passion for Animals into a Career in Veterinary Sciences

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Program Overview

Imagine embarking on a journey in animal veterinary sciences at College of Western Idaho (CWI), where your passion for animal care becomes a rewarding career. The Animal Veterinary Sciences program will allow you to dive into a world of veterinary knowledge, gaining the skills and understanding to make a significant impact in animal health. This program is the beginning of an educational journey that can lead you to advanced studies and a fulfilling career in veterinary sciences.

At CWI, our focus is on you. With smaller classes and accessible instructors, you get the personal attention needed to excel. Starting your higher education journey here means you are more likely to succeed, whether you aim for a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree. Our program is designed to give you the best start, combining high-quality education with practical experience, ensuring you are well-prepared for your future in veterinary sciences.

Degree or Certificate Type

Associate of Science



Additional cost may apply.

Time to Complete

2 years

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Learning Opportunities

  • Comprehensive Veterinary Knowledge: Explore fundamental and advanced topics in veterinary sciences.
  • Practical Animal Care Skills: Gain hands-on experience in animal handling and care.
  • Preparation for Advanced Studies: Establish a strong base for further education in veterinary medicine.
  • Personalized Educational Experience: Enjoy learning with dedicated faculty in a supportive environment.
  • Pathway to a Veterinary Career: Lay the groundwork for a successful career in veterinary sciences.

Community Partnerships

As a student in this program, you will work alongside Treasure Valley veterinarian clinics, the Boise Zoo, Idaho Fish and Game, and University of Idaho.

Area of Study

Degrees & Certificates

Animal Veterinary Sciences – Associate of Science Degree




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Career Opportunities

  • Postsecondary Teachers


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  • Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers

    Plan, direct, or coordinate the management or operation of farms, ranches, greenhouses, aquacultural operations, nurseries, timber tracts, or other agricultural establishments. May hire, train, and supervise farm workers or contract for services to carry out the day-to-day activities of the managed operation. May engage in or supervise planting, cultivating, harvesting, and financial and marketing activities.


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  • First-Line Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers

    Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of agricultural, forestry, aquacultural, and related workers.


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  • Agricultural Technicians

    Work with agricultural scientists in plant, fiber, and animal research, or assist with animal breeding and nutrition. Set up or maintain laboratory equipment and collect samples from crops or animals. Prepare specimens or record data to assist scientists in biology or related life science experiments. Conduct tests and experiments to improve yield and quality of crops or to increase the resistance of plants and animals to disease or insects.


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  • Farm and Home Management Educators

    Instruct and advise individuals and families engaged in agriculture, agricultural-related processes, or home management activities. Demonstrate procedures and apply research findings to advance agricultural and home management activities. May develop educational outreach programs. May instruct on either agricultural issues such as agricultural processes and techniques, pest management, and food safety, or on home management issues such as budgeting, nutrition, and child development.


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*Data sourced from Lightcast™ (2023), a global leader in labor market analytics, and limited to the state of Idaho. Contact CWI Institutional Research for questions regarding this data.


Step 1

  • Apply to CWI.
  • Choose Animal Veterinary Sciences as your major.

Step 2

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
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