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Learn how to better care for your young and senior pets, how to socialize them or to save their life. Maybe you have always dreamed of working with animals as a way to help others such as volunteer work or as a career?  Or adding a skill to assist your volunteer work or business such as taking Photographing Nature with Your Digital Camera. Not sure what direction you want to go, start with these noncredit programs below to get your foot in the field of animal care and then go on to take one of our credit programs in Veterinary Technology (AAS) or Animal Science Office Assistant (Certificate).


Course Offerings

These courses are all taught by instructor Kim Wilson, LVT, CDBC, CHBC, CPDT-KA, LSHC-S. She works with all companion animal species. She has 40 years+ teaching and training. • Licensed Veterinary Technician • Certified Dog Behavior Consultant • Certified Horse Behavior Consultant • Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed • Fear Free™ Certified Professional Level 1 Companion Animals • Fear Free™ Certified Professional Avian • Fear Free™ Animal Trainer • Low Stress Handling Certified -Silver • CEVA Behavior Advocate • Veterinary Technical Nutrition Counselor • Co-Owner - k9Crazy Dog Training


Working with Assistance Animals

 This online course will define and cover the differences between therapy dogs, animal assisted therapy, emotional support animals, and service animals. Learn which is best suited to the job. We will delve into the laws, training, and certifications. This is a full-time job for some so understanding why, when and how to provide time off is beneficial for all. There will also be discussion on how to choose the right animal and temperament for the job. The instructor will email you with additional information about the workings of the course a few days prior to the start date. She will then send out the course work for the week each Tuesday night. 

NCC 2175 CRN 90313 T 9/15-10/6 Remote $65


Living with a Senior Pet

Understanding the aging process will prepare you and your pet for their golden years. Age is NOT an illness! Many pets are classified as seniors by seven or eight years of age. Learn about special needs for senior pets and how to keep their minds sharp, the nutritional needs met, and their bodies flexible, stable and as pain free as possible. This course will also cover suggested routine veterinary care protocols.The instructor will email you with additional information about the workings of the course a few days prior to the start date. She will then send out the course work for the week each Wednesday night. 

NCC 2177 CRN 90305 W 9/16-10/7 Remote $65


Common Behavior Problems

Most behaviors are normal. A behavior problem in a pet is generally defined as an unwanted behavior. You will learn to decipher between realistic expectations, behavior problems, lack of training and training lapses. This course will cover how to deal with unwanted behavior, fear reactions with husbandry such as visiting the veterinary office or groomer and when veterinary intervention is needed. This course will also introduce Fear Free℠ and cooperative care techniques. Required: Videotaping capability (smartphones will work). The instructor will email you with additional information about the workings of the course a few days prior to the start date. She will then send out the course work for the week each Thursday night.

NCC 2179 CRN 90307 R 9/17-10/22 Remote $125


Starting a Pet Care Business

According to Edge by Ascential, a market research firm and Global Market Insight Inc. the pet care industry is expected to hit two billion plus by 2023 because of increased ownership of pets among the older generation, millennial and Generation Z. Find the niche that fits your lifestyle and fulfills your dreams. Daycare, grooming, hospice, pet sitting, boarding, training, are just a few options. Bring your dreams to reality. You will learn how to start a business, hiring employees, training, overhead fees, local legislation, certificates, marketing, and more so you can start laying out a plan. There will also be discussion on the training you need to do. If possible, one of your homework/project assignments will be to report on a shadow day which the instructor will set up with a business. The instructor will email you with additional information about the workings of the course a few days prior to the start date. She will then send out the course work for the week each Tuesday night.

NCC 2176 CRN 90304 T 10/13-12/1 Remote $165


Socializing a Newly Acquired Pet

Socialization is akin to inoculating your pet against future problems. Socialization periods for puppies and kittens are different. Remedial socialization can be done with some success for older under socialized pets. Socializing is not about everyone being able to touch or pick up your pet. Nor is about meeting, greeting, and playing with every animal it meets. In this class, you will learn how to use socialization safely, proactively, remedially, and the don’ts, to help your pet be their best. The instructor will email you with additional information about the workings of the course a few days prior to the start date. She will then send out the course work for the week each Wednesday night.

NCC 2178 CRN 90306 W 10/14-12/2 Remote $95

No class 11/11 & 11/25


Fear Free™ & Cooperative Care

Are you and/or your pet stressed out about going to the vet’s office? Does your dog snap or growl during the visit? Do they need to be muzzled or medicated for visits? Or maybe they become nasty towards you when trying to clip their nails. Do you hate giving your pet a bath due to the immense struggle for both of you? Be blown away by the power of trust and communication. Learn low-stress husbandry training methods so you can provide better and more compassionate care for your pet. This course will help you get started on training at home to help your pet to slowly desensitize to these stressors. You will learn to partner with your veterinary team to keep your pet becoming less resistant to visits. Required: Videotaping capability (smartphones will work).   The instructor will email you with additional information about the workings of the course a few days prior to the start date. She will then send out the course work for the week each Thursday night.

NCC 2180 CRN 90309 R 10/29-12/10 Remote $125

 

 

→ Certifications

Animal Science Office Assistant Certificate: 27 credits

Developed through a close collaboration of SUNY Ulster faculty, regional veterinarians, and licensed veterinary technicians. This program meets the training needs of both students and practicing veterinary professionals. Upon completion of the program, students should be able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of animal nutrition, anatomy and physiology, infectious disease, and medical terminology, as well as the office skills necessary for the maintenance of a veterinary practice.

To learn more about the SUNY Ulster credit bearing programs, contact Celeste Emmons at 845-688-1560 or emmonsc@sunyulster.edu.

 

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