# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Small Animal Care II Course Description

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

Small Animal Care II (8084/36 weeks) Course Description

Course Description

Course Code:8084
Duration:36 weeks
Suggested Grade Levels:9–12
Prerequisites:Small Animal Care I (8081/18 weeks), Small Animal Care I (8083/36 weeks)

Students develop their skills in the training and grooming of companion animals, focusing on specific needs of various breeds. Instruction includes handling animals and grooming/caring for coats, as well as technical and maintenance functions related to animal health. Live animal handling will occur. The course also includes technical office-management instruction and affords students the opportunity to practice leadership skills. FFA, SAE, or related student organization activities are encouraged.

As noted in Superintendent’s Memo #058-17 (2-28-2017), this Career and Technical Education (CTE) course must maintain a maximum pupil-to-teacher ratio of 20 students to one teacher, due to safety regulations. The 2016-2018 biennial budget waiver of the teacher-to-pupil ratio staffing requirement does not apply.

Career Clusters and Pathways

For federal reporting (choose one)

  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
    • Agribusiness Systems
    • Animal Systems
    • Natural Resources Systems
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
    • Science and Mathematics

Available Credentials

Upon completion of the course


Concentration Sequences

A combination of the course above and those below, equivalent to two 36-week courses. Students wishing to complete a specialization may take additional courses appropriate to their career pathways.

Check the course description for any course listed below, because some may have a prerequisite.