Animal Technology is an introduction to the basic care and management of companion animals including cats, dogs, pocket pets and exotic animals. This course also focuses on the production of animals such as horses, sheep, goats, cattle and pigs; for enjoyment or for food and fiber products. Topics include the anatomy, health, reproduction and nutritional requirements of animals. Students gain a foundation to better care for their own animals, raise animals for their personal use or for pursuing careers in the veterinary, animal science, food/fiber or agribusiness fields. Students participate in job shadowing experiences, take part in field trips and learn from guest speakers. This is a laboratory-based class and involves hands-on use of animal equipment and animal dissections.