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Agricultural Education
Introduction to Animal Science
The Introduction to Animal Science course is a one-unit course structured to provide a sound foundation for advanced courses. The course is designed for students interested in learning the fundamentals of science-based animal agriculture. The content includes the importance and scope of agricultural animals, taxonomy, anatomy, physiology, reproduction, nutrition, health and disease management, facilities and equipment, and production practices of popular species. Evaluation, fitting, showing, and marketing are included. Animal ethics and safety are also included. FFA and supervised experience are integral in the course, as appropriate.
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Introduction to Agriscience

Unit ANS1: Nature and importance of
agricultural animals (9 hours)

Benchmark ANS1-1: Students will discuss
three areas of agricultural animals, including animal production, animal
supplies and services, and marketing and processing.

Benchmark ANS1-2: Students will
describe the scope and importance of agricultural animals to Oklahoma and the
United States.

Benchmark ANS1-3: Students will list
and explain ways animals and the products provided by animals help people.

Benchmark ANS1-4: Students will name
common agricultural animals and identify their products and uses.

Benchmark ANS1-5: Students will explain
the importance and practice of animal well-being and ethics.

Unit ANS2: Career entry and advancement
in the animal industry (7 hours)

Benchmark ANS2-1: Students will
identify occupations in the animal industry and list the competencies needed
for occupational entry.

Benchmark ANS2-2: Students will name
and describe important personal skills for success in the animal industry.

Benchmark ANS2-3: Students will
identify education and training needs for occupations in animal agriculture.

Unit ANS3: Personal and occupational
safety in the animal industry (4 hours)

Benchmark ANS3-1: Students will assess
personal and occupational safety situations in animal science work and choose
appropriate safety practices

Benchmark ANS3-2: Students will
properly select, use, and maintain personal protective equipment when working
in animal science.

Unit ANS4: The biology of agricultural
animals (17 hours)

Benchmark ANS4-1: Students will
identify agricultural animals by common and scientific names.

Benchmark ANS4-2: Students will
classify agricultural animals using scientific classifications and as birds,
aquatic animals, mammals, and others.

Benchmark ANS4-3: Students will name
and explain the life needs of agricultural animals.

Benchmark ANS4-4: Students will
identify major anatomical features of animals and explain differences among

Benchmark ANS4-5: Students will
describe the major physiological features of animals, including body systems
and their functions.

Benchmark ANS4-6: Students will
identify sexual and age classifications of species of agricultural animals.

Unit ANS5: Genetics and reproduction
(15 hours)

Benchmark ANS5-1: Students will explain
the importance of genetics and heredity in animal science.

Benchmark ANS5-2: Students will define
reproduction and describe the process of sexual reproduction in animals,
including birds, fish, and mammals.

Benchmark ANS5-3: Students will explain
the role of breeding in animal improvement and relate breeding to animal

Benchmark ANS5-4: Students will define
artificial insemination and explain its importance in animal agriculture.

Benchmark ANS5-5: Students will
identify major reproductive organs and distinguish between male and female
reproductive systems and processes.

Benchmark ANS5-6: Students will define
and explain phases of reproductive development in mammals, including puberty,
fertilization, gestation, parturition, and lactation.

Benchmark ANS5-7: Students will
demonstrate the application of breeding animal evaluation, including
performance testing, production records, progeny testing, and visual appraisal.

Unit ANS6: Nutrition and feeding of
agricultural animals (16 hours)

Benchmark ANS6-1: Students will explain
the meaning and importance of nutrition with agricultural animals.

Benchmark ANS6-2: Students will list
the nutrient needs of animals and explain the functions of each nutrient.

Benchmark ANS6-3: Students will
contrast and compare digestive systems found in agricultural animals, including
ruminant and nonruminant systems.

Benchmark ANS6-4: Students will name
and explain the roles of nutrients with animals, including maintenance, growth,
reproduction, lactation, and work.

Benchmark ANS6-5: Students will name
the kinds of feedstuffs and classify as roughage, concentrate, and supplement.

Benchmark ANS6-6: Students will
interpret feed analysis information on a label.

Benchmark ANS6-7: Students will list
ways animals are fed and demonstrate the use of an appropriate feeding method.

Benchmark ANS6-8: Students will explain
the meaning of balanced ration and indicate ways of balancing a ration.

Unit ANS7: Health of agricultural
animals (16 hours)

Benchmark ANS7-1: Students will explain
the meaning of animal health and describe signs of good health and disease and
apply the signs in assessing animals.

Benchmark ANS7-2: Students will identify
factors in the environment related to the health of animals.

Benchmark ANS7-3: Students will name
common diseases of agricultural animals, list the symptoms, and classify the
diseases as contagious, nutritional, physiological, morphological, and genetic.

Benchmark ANS7-4: Students will
identify practices that promote good health among agricultural animals.

Benchmark ANS7-5: Students will name
ways of treating diseases and parasites and demonstrate how to administer

Benchmark ANS7-6: Students will
describe the proper use of pharmaceuticals in the livestock industry.

Unit ANS8: Animal production (13 hours)

Benchmark ANS8-1: Students will
identify animal species with productive potential in the local community,
including market opportunity and profitability.

Benchmark ANS8-2: Students will
identify land, facility, and skill needs for animal production.

Benchmark ANS8-3: Students will
describe general production practices followed with agricultural animals,
including beef animals, dairy, swine, and horses.

Benchmark ANS8-4: Students will explain
methods of animal and premises identification.

Benchmark ANS8-5: Students will
evaluate methods of animal waste disposal and select an appropriate method for
a specific animal production enterprise.

Unit ANS9: Exhibiting animals (9

Benchmark ANS9-1: Students will discuss
the role and importance of animal exhibits and shows.

Benchmark ANS9-2: Students will explain
the selection of animals for showing.

Benchmark ANS9-3: Students will describe
the care and practices in raising a show animal.

Benchmark ANS9-4: Students will
demonstrate practices in halter breaking, grooming, and show ring management of
an animal.

Benchmark ANS9-5: Students will explain
and demonstrate ethics associated with showing livestock.

Unit ANS10: Animal biotechnology (7

Benchmark ANS10-1: Students will define
biotechnology and name examples with agricultural animals.

Benchmark ANS10-2: Students will
explain the meaning of genetic engineering of animals and identify issues
associated with this technology.

Benchmark ANS10-3: Students will
explain the role of DNA in genetic engineering and demonstrate the extraction
of DNA from animal cells.

Unit ANS11: Agricultural education (7

Benchmark ANS11-1: Students will manage
an appropriate supervised experience in animal science.

Benchmark ANS11-2: Students will
identify opportunities for participation and advancement in the FFA related to
agricultural animals.

Animal Science:
Animal Production Assistant - CTTC

On-line lesson plan library, CAERT,Inc.

Animal Science - CIMC

Agriculture Career Development: Animal Science-CIMC

Supplemental VHS and DVD's - CIMC

Modern Livestock and Poultry Production, 8th Edition, Gillespie and Flanders; Delmar Publishing, 2010

Animal Science Agricultural Curriculum Lesson Plan Library CD-ROM, Center for Agricultural and Environmental Research and Training Inc. (CAERT) 2007

Animal Management and Evaluation, CEV Multimedia
Animal Anatomy, Physiology and Health, CEV Multimedia
Basic Animal Science Management, CEV Multimedia
Career Majors That Sequence This Course
Career Cluster Pathway Career Major
Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Animal Science Animal Science