Applied Animal Science  

AAS 200 - Logging with Oxen and Draft Horses
Credits: 2.00
This hybrid course combines on-line readings and lectures with an off-campus intensive experience at a NH working farm. It provides training for students in small woodlot harvesting for firewood and lumber. Forestry skills are combined with a unique hands-on logging experience with oxen and draft horses. Students study the history of logging, harvesting techniques and also learn to harness, feed and care for draft animals during the intense farm-forest experience. Special fee.

AAS 218 - Formulating Career Paths in Small Animal Care
Credits: 1.00
Students develop, explore, and plan a variable career path in a specific small animal care career obtainable with their applied animal science degree.

AAS 219 - Animal Cruelty: NH Laws, Investigations, and Prosecution
Credits: 1.00
An Internet class delivered through Blackboard Course Management System. Explains and discusses all aspects of animal cruelty, NH cruelty laws, and presents the importance and implications of recognizing animal cruelty and its link to human violence. Cruelty investigation procedures, prosecution protocol and officer field safety will also be presented. Designed as a 14-week class with a "presentation" of one hour per week accessed by the student at their convenience within a specific 3-day time frame during the week. Permission required.

AAS 222 - Small Animal Grooming I
Credits: 2.00
Introduction to pet grooming. Course covers the techniques and styles of brushing, grooming, clipping, trimming, and bathing common breeds of dogs and cats. Students perform basic grooming in lab period. Special fee for non-TSAS students. May be repeated to a maximum of 4 credits. 1 lec/1 lab.

AAS 224 - Applications and Ethics in Veterinary and Animal Business
Credits: 3.00
Veterinary office and small animal business procedures and management are covered. Topics include facility design; personnel and client relations and communication; and regulatory, legal, and ethical aspects of animal related businesses and veterinary practice management.

AAS 225 - Canine Learning Theory and Application
Credits: 3.00
Canine behavior problems are a major cause of abandonment and euthanasia in dogs. Effective application of canine learning theory can prevent and solve behavior problems and save lives. Student gain a working knowledge of animal learning theory with a focus on training basic obedience commands, prevention and modification of common canine behaviors, effective human communication within a practical canine training session, canine ethology, the business and ethics of dog training, and more. Prereq: AAS 230 or equivalent.

AAS 227 - Small Animal Diseases
Credits: 2.00
Common diseases in companion animals discussed system by system; emphasis on canine and feline medicine. Prereq: AAS 227, 228, 239, 249. 2 1-hr lec.

AAS 228 - Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals
Credits: 4.00
Structure of the body and functions of the tissues, organs, and systems in the living animal. 3 lec/1 lab.

AAS 230 - Small Animal Breeds and Behavior
Credits: 4.00
Overview of the development, selection, genetics, and function of specific breeds of companion animals. General dog and cat, as well as breed-specific, behavior is included. 2 lec/1 lab.

AAS 231 - Introduction to Animal Science
Credits: 4.00
Survey of the dairy, equine, livestock, and small animal industries; current issues and related occupational opportunities are presented. Included is assistance in gaining or improving the skills needed to be successful in college. Lecture/Lab or Recitation.

AAS 233 - Small Animal Grooming II
Credits: 2.00
Continuation of AAS 222 Small Animal Grooming I with the addition of on-line canine dermatology and topical therapy basics. Student is assigned more complex breeds to groom and develops more proficiency in scissoring, hand stripping and clipping. Must have taken AAS 222. Special fee for non-TSAS students. 2 lab.

AAS 236 - Equine Show Preparation and Competition
Credits: 1.00
Course addresses the safe handling and appropriate grooming and clipping of horses as they are prepared for competition. Students will demonstrate horse-handling proficiency while showing their assigned horse in hand. May be repeated to a maximum of 4 credits. Lec/Lab.

AAS 238 - Equine Handling/Longeing
Credits: 1.00
This seven-week intensive course provides students with the opportunity to learn to longe a variety of University horses in an enclosed arena under private instruction. The emphasis is on safety and welfare of the horse and handler. Proper equipment and fit are addressed along with different training techniques used to improve the horse's quality of movement. Prereq: AAS 236. Applied Animal Science majors given first priority.

AAS 242 - Introduction to Business: Applied Animal Science
Credits: 2.00
Basic course covering business structure, philosophy, and terminology. Foundation for AAS 546, Animal Business Applications. 2 lec.

AAS 249 - Clinical Animal Nursing Techniques I
Credits: 3.00
Essential skills and basic background knowledge for the care of small animals, focusing on dogs and cats. Animal handling and restraint, basic nursing skills including physical examination, medicating, bandaging and wellness protocols. 1 lec/1 lab.

AAS 250 - Clinical Animal Nursing Techniques II
Credits: 4.00
Builds on materials presented in AAS 249, Clinical Animal Nursing Techniques I. Covers veterinary imaging modalities including radiographic and utrasonographic techniques and safety, nursing care of hospitalized patients including fluid therapy, laboratory ans exotic animal medicine. Prereq: AAS 249.

AAS 251 - Human/Animal Bond
Credits: 4.00
Students explore various aspects and perceptions of the human-animal bond through multidisciplinary approaches over time and across cultures. They will critically evaluate the meanings humans ascribe to companion animals. Through movies, video clips, readings, and discussions, students are exposed to historical and contemporary utilization and exploitation of companion animals they may encounter in their professional lives. Class concentrates on "pet" animals (dogs, cat, and to a much lesser extent the horse.)

AAS 258 - Animal Population Medicine and Management
Credits: 2.00
This course applies material from animal health and disease classes to populations of animals rather than individual animals. Topics include stress and disease management, behavior and ethical problems in animal populations, evaluation of scientific research, and decision analysis. Concepts in epidemiology and statistics are covered. Students design and carry out a statistical analysis on data from a chosen animal population. Prereq: AAS 228, AAS 439, MTH 202.

AAS 263 - Small Animal Grooming III
Credits: 1.00
Individual supervised grooming experience for students who wish to obtain more technical grooming skills. Must have taken AAS 222 twice or AAS 222 and 233. Cr/F.

AAS 272 - Comparative Equine Operations
Credits: 1.00
Exploration of national and regional equine farms and related businesses. Using field trips and journals, students will experience and study different farm and business operations. Prereq: AAS 426. 1 lab. May be repeated to a maximum of 2 credits. Cr/F.

AAS 275 - Cooperative for Real Education in Agriculture Management (CREAM)
Credits: 4.00
CREAM (Cooperative for Real Education in Agricultural Management) is a 2-semester course in which students perform the work and make the financial and management decisions associated with the CREAM dairy herd. Assumption of complete responsibility for the management and care of this 25-cow herd for the entire academic year. CREAM provides students with a unique experiential learning model that will help them understand how to work together to manage and operate a small business, the decision making skills required in production agriculture, and the application of science to the management of a dairy herd. Two semesters of 4 credits each are required. Prereq: AAS 425 or ANSC 409/410 or permission.

AAS 279 - Small Animal Care Practicum
Credits: 2.00
Provides supervised, hands-on experience at the N.H.S.P.C.A. 4 hours/week. Responsibilities include cleaning, feeding, treatment, grooming, socializing and training of shelter animals. Student must receive or show proof of pre-exposure rabies prophylaxis to take the class. Prereq: AAS 222, AAS 228, AAS 230, AAS 439, AAS 249. Special fee required only for first time the course is taken. Lab coat and/or scrubs required.

AAS 291 - Studies
Credits: 1.00 to 3.00
Students who have the ability and adequate preparation to work independently may propose a contract to design a course or research project on a topic not available through existing course offerings. The purpose of this research is to explore new areas in the student's field of study or to pursue course material in greater depth. Work is supervised by an appropriate faculty/staff member and credit varies depending on the proposed project/research. Areas may include dairy, light horses, livestock, poultry, meats, forages, management, small animals, or general animal science. Permission required. Course may be repeated up to a maximum of 6 credits.

AAS 292 - Studies
Credits: 1.00 to 3.00
Students who have the ability and adequate preparation to work independently may propose a contract to design a course or research project on a topic not available through existing course offerings. The purpose of this research is to explore new areas in the student's field of study or to pursue course material in greater depth. Work is supervised by an appropriate faculty/staff member and credit varies depending on the proposed project/research. Areas may include dairy, light horses, livestock, poultry, meats, forages, management, small animals, or general animal science. Permission required. Course may be repeated up to a maximum of 6 credits.

AAS 293 - Equine Field Operations
Credits: 1.00 to 3.00
Field experience in selected areas of equine care and handling, under supervision of appropriate faculty/staff and outside facilities supervisor. A) Veterinary Clinic; B) Breeding and Foaling; C) areas of student interest. All field operations done on an individual basis. Four or more hours per week. Students must provide their own transportation. Prereq: AAS 426, 437, 547, and/or permission of instructor and adviser.

AAS 297 - Applied Animal Science Work Experience
Credits:
Employment (12 weeks, generally in the summer following the first year) in an approved animal-related position. Cr/F.

AAS 402 - Introduction to Livestock and Poultry Management
Credits: 2.00
Students are introduced to the management of livestock and poultry in small-to-medium sized operations. Students learn basic animal feeding , selection, handling, housing, management and health practices necessary to manage livestock and poultry. Through readings, multi-media presentations, writing and field assignments, students gain insight into the work, commitment and skills necessary to raise domestic farm animals for food and profit.

AAS 421 - Large Animal Behavior and Handling Techniques
Credits: 2.00
Introduction to domestic large animal behavior and handling techniques. Cattle, horses, swine, and sheep are used in this course. Students perform routine health-related procedures and gain valuable hands-on skills and safe animal handling techniques which can be applied to the fields of veterinary medicine, animal research, commercial agriculture, and animal control. 1 lec/1 lab.

AAS 423 - Dairy Selection
Credits: 2.00
Selection techniques used in cattle for purchase, breeding, and genetic improvement through the use of visual evaluation, pedigrees, production, and progency information. 1 lec/1 lab.

AAS 425 - Introduction to Dairy Herd Management
Credits: 4.00
The course explores economic, scientific and practical aspects of dairy herd management. The topics covered include history, cattle selection, nutrition, housing, milking, and disease prevention strategies. There are a number of field trips and weekly labs emphasizing management and hands-on experience.

AAS 426 - Equine Conformation and Lameness
Credits: 4.00
The study of conformation as it relates to soundness and performance. Topics include basic unsoundness related to faulty conformation and type evaluation. Special fee.

AAS 432 - Introduction to Forage and Grassland Management
Credits: 3.00
Introduction to grasslands of the world and their management. Special emphasis on the identification, production, and utilization of New England forage crops for feeding domestic farm animals. The course includes the selection of local plant species and varieties, including their management and recommended harvesting practices. The course also includes a basic introduction to soils, as well as nutrient and fertility management.

AAS 434 - Equipment and Facilities Management
Credits: 3.00
Operation of agricultural equipment and maintenance of agricultural facilities as found in New England. Development of the essential skills and technical information needed to manage and supervise agricultural facilities and equipment. 2 lec/1 lab.

AAS 435 - Animal Nutrition
Credits: 3.00
The food nutrients, their digestion and absorption, factors affecting value of feeds, feed additives, and nutrient requirements for maintenance and productive functions.

AAS 437 - Equine Handling and Care Techniques
Credits: 4.00
Course familiarizes students with different aspects of equine management through a practical and hands-on approach. Topics include selection, fit and care of English tack, bits, grooming, clipping, wound care, safe bandaging techniques, equine behavior, farm layout, basic health care and monitoring, parasite control, and equine transportation. Students will have hands-on experience in the UNH stable. Responsibilities include feeding, cleaning, turnout, and basic care of the University herd.

AAS 439 - Fundamentals of Animal Health
Credits: 3.00
Principles of disease mechanisms: causes, body reactions, and preventive medicine. Prerequisite for other AAS disease courses. 2 lec/1 lab.

AAS 440 - Animal Breeding
Credits: 3.00
Principles and practices, including the physiology of reproduction, fertility and sterility, artificial insemination, breeding systems, and selection.

AAS 546 - Animal Business Applications
Credits: 4.00
Survey of the various elements of managing an animal and/or agricultural operation regardless of commodity. Topics include: financial statements, credit and interest, insurance considerations, labor management, marketing, promotions, advertising, and sales. 4 lec. Prereq: AAS 242 or ECON 401.

AAS 547 - Applied Equine Management
Credits: 3.00
The application of farm and horse management techniques, including stable routine, planning, and design; nutrition; business considerations; and legal responsibilities. Pre- or Coreq: AAS 546.

AAS 552 - Equine Health Management
Credits: 4.00
Systems of the horse as they relate to common diseases and lameness. Applied approach to conditioning, care of the sick or lame horse, and preventive care. Prereq: AAS 426 or AAS 437.

AAS 553 - Equine Competition Management
Credits: 2.00
Students organize and run a combined test competition to be held in April. The class is responsible for mailing entries, handling publicity and ad sales, compiling the program, setting the course and dressage ring, and dealing with the public. Proceeds fund seminars available to students and class field trips. May be repeated once. Prereq: AAS 426 or AAS 546.

AAS 574 - Dairy Cattle Disease Seminar
Credits: 2.00
Covers principles of the immune response, immunological basis for disease control, and emphasizes management practices to prevent disease and maintain optimal animal health in dairy cattle. Numerous guest lecturers, field and case studies, and emphasis on current topics of interest to the industry.