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Animal & Veterinary Science


Cindy SnellCindy Snell





Animal & Veterinary Science is offered Blocks 2-3 during the fall term and Blocks 2-3 and 3-4 in the spring term.


Waukee Innovation and Learning Center

Premiere partner:
*Blank Park Zoo, 7401 SW 9th Street, Des Moines, IA 50315
*There is a shuttle to this location

Course Description

This course serves as an in-depth, focused course studying animal agriculture and veterinary science. Projects covered may include topics such as animal production systems, animal nutrition, animal reproduction, veterinary medicine, regulatory issues, global trade issues, biodiversity issues, human nutrition and MAT consumption, food processing, economic trends in animal production, global protein issues, and careers. Experiences will involve working with animals, agriculture, and zoo professionals.

Course Guide

Career Opportunities

Students will be connected to industry partners to explore projects and career opportunities such as veterinarian, park ranger, laboratory animal care, wildlife biologist, animal health technician, food safety manager, animal keeper.

Curriculum Advisory Team

  • Cindy Snell, APEX Animal & Veterinary Science Instructor, Waukee Community Schools
  • Anne Shimerdla, Director of Zoo Operations and Education, Blank Park Zoo
  • Dr. Angie Gearhart, Veterinarian Iowa Veterinary Specialties
  • Dr. Randy Wheeler, Executive Director, Iowa Veterinary Medical Association
  • Dr. Brad Skaar, Animal Science Professor, Iowa State University
  • Dr. J.R. Broderick, Veterinarian, Broderick Animal Clinic
  • Matt Deppe, Chief Executive Officer Iowa Cattlemen’s Association
  • Tyler Bettin, Iowa Pork Producers
  • David Briggs, Retired Agriculture Teacher
  • Tom Colvin, Executive Director, Animal Rescue League of Iowa
  • Tom Cory, Owner Cory Family Farms
  • Denise Gerdis, Owner Painted Prairie Acres
  • Antonio Paraguassu, Global Production Manager, Hy-Line International
  • Kelli Diemer, Consultant Iowa Department of Education
  • Randy Mead, Dean Program Development, DMACC
  • Randy Gabriel, Director Career and Technical Programs, DMACC
  • Dr. Jenny Foster, Associate Dean Industry and Technology, DMACC
  • Tim Doud, Professor Ag Business, DMACC
  • Michelle Hill, Waukee APEX
  • Peg Armstrong-Gustafson, Amson Technology