COURSE CODE: 8008

Introduction to Animal Systems

SCED Code: 18101
Suggested Grade Level: 9, 10
Duration: 36 Weeks
Prerequisite: None
OSHA Compliance Required?: Yes
CTSO: FFA
Non-Traditional?: F

Students develop competency in each of the major areas of the animal systems career pathway including animal nutrition, reproduction, breeding, care, management, and safety. Students also learn agricultural mechanics skills applicable to animal systems. Contextual instruction and student participation in co-curricular career and technical student organization (CTSO) activities will develop leadership, interpersonal, and career skills. High-quality work-based learning (HQWBL) will provide experiential learning opportunities related to students' career goals and/or interests, integrated with instruction, and performed in partnership with local businesses and organizations.

Notes

Competencies within this course ensure compliance with the National FFA Organization's Federal Charter Amendments Act (Public Law 116-7). Through this legislation, students are provided opportunities for leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.

Class Size Regulation

The Virginia Administrative Code regulates the class size for this course. For additional information, see 8VAC20-120-150, "Maximum class size," or contact the Virginia Department of Education Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education at cte@doe.virginia.gov.
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Course Sequences

A combination of this course and those below, equivalent to two 36-week courses, is a concentration sequence. Students wishing to complete a specialization may take additional courses based on their career pathways. A program completer is a student who has met the requirements for a CTE concentration sequence and all other requirements for high school graduation or an approved alternative education program.

Career Clusters

Pathway Occupation
Agribusiness Systems
  • Agricultural Commodity Broker
  • Agricultural Economist
  • Agricultural Loan Officer
  • Agricultural Products Sales Representative
  • Farm, Ranch Manager
  • Feed, Farm Supply Store Sales Manager
Animal Systems
  • Agricultural Products Sales Representative
  • Animal Breeder, Husbandry
  • Animal Geneticist
  • Animal Nutritionist
  • Animal Scientist
  • Aquacultural Manager
  • Poultry Manager
  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinary Technician
Environmental Service Systems
  • Environmental Compliance Inspector
  • Environmental Sampling and Analysis Technician
  • Hazardous Materials Handler
  • Toxicologist
  • Water Conservationist
Food Products and Processing Systems
  • Biochemist
  • Food Scientist
Natural Resources Systems
  • Fish and Game Officer
  • Fisheries Technician
  • Forest Manager, Forester
  • Forest Technician
  • Microbiologist
  • Park Manager
  • Park Technician
  • Wildlife Manager
Power, Structural, and Technical Systems
  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Agricultural Equipment Parts Manager
  • Agricultural Equipment Parts Sales Representative
  • Machinist
  • Welder

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