2020-2021 Catalog 
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2020-2021 Catalog [PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR]

AGS 280 - Zoo and Domestic Animal Care

Description: Introduction to zoo and domestic animal care. Includes safety issues, zoo orientation, animal observation skills, sanitation, housing, feeding, capture and restraint equipment, animal transport, animal measurements, abnormal behavior and injuries.

Credits: 4
Lecture: 3
Lab: 3

Course Content:
  1. Safety and emergency preparedness 
  2. Equipment lab/animal permits 
  3. Weights and measures 
  4. Zoo orientation 
  5. Wildlife husbandry 
  6. Wildlife and domestic facilities maintenance 
  7. Animal identification 
  8. Zookeeping essentials 
  9. Animal observation for health and behavior 

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Identify proper clothing and gear worn when working with various animals. 
  2. Establish safety procedures for handling and approach of animals. 
  3. Identify by name, genus, and species, the most common domestic and zoo animals. 
  4. Describe keeper routines for various domestic and wild animals. 
  5. Determine the risks associated with enclosure cleaning and maintenance. 
  6. Maintain a record log of animal behavior as it relates to keeper safety. 
  7. Predict possible animal behavior from observations. 
  8. Establish an objective view of humane considerations including feelings, infliction of pain, psychological upsets, and speed of return to normalcy. 
  9. Determine when restraint is necessary. 
  10. Use of proper restraint tools and chemicals to subdue animals. 
  11. Predict thermoregulation stress when handling animals. 
  12. Weigh and measure wild and domestic animals. 
  13. Calculate feeds for domestic and wild animals. 
  14. Identify basic cleaning equipment. 
  15. Establish use of two-way radio codes at zoos. 
  16. Determine legal requirements from state, federal and local agencies for care and housing of wild and domestic animals as a business or sanctuary enterprise.