Animal Care


The Animal Care & Management curriculum is designed to provide students with the opportunity to acquire the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for employment in the animal care industry.

Animal Care and Management Technology trains students to supervise and care for animals in veterinary clinics, zoos, animal shelters and farms.

Course work includes instruction designed to educate students in the basic sciences pertinent to animal work, including legal aspects, basic management skills needed to work with both people and animals, and hands-on skills necessary for safety and health.

What Will You Learn?

  • Basic animal care & nutrition
  • Identifying internal parasites
  • Animal handling & restraint (variety of animals)
  • Gain work experience in an animal facility through Work-Based Learning (WBL)

Unique Opportunity

ACC’s Animal Care and Management is the only two-year program of its kind in North Carolina!

What can you earn?

Associate in Applied Science Degree
    Animal Care and Management Technology


  • Animal Husbandry
  • Animal Control Services

Career Opportunities

Animal care technician/kennel technician, veterinary hospital assistant, private boarding facilities, farm animal care, animal control officer, wildlife rehabilitation assistant.

With the A.A.S. degree, an individual may find employment as an entry-level zookeeper or in animal care education.

Salary Information:
Please use the Occupational Outlook Handbook to research employment and career data by field of degree. I would type in careers such as “animal care”.
Information about the Occupational Outlook Handbook can be found here.


Students may be required to take one or more developmental English or math courses prior to the required course(s) depending upon their SAT, ACT, COMPASS or ASSET test scores.

Technical Standards

Students enrolling in the program must meet specific emotional, behavioral, physical, and cognitive standards. This information is found in the Admissions office.

Students qualifying for special accommodations to these standards must contact the Coordinator for Special Needs and Counseling at 336-506-4130 for more specific information.