Animal Science

Overview

careers

  • Animal Care Technician

  • Breeding Manager

  • Feed Sales Representative

  • Livestock Consultant

  • Farm/Ranch Management

  • Vet Assistant

  • Feed Lot Manager

  • Insurance

  • Sales/Marketing

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Producers whose livelihoods depend upon the production of animals that are safe and healthy for consumption are a vital part of today’s modern food culture.  Students who study Animal Science will learn the most efficient ways to breed and manage herds to ensure the sustainability of the animals and the environment.

Mitchell Tech’s highly qualified instructors, including a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, will teach a variety of classes including management, breeding, genetics, nutrition, disease, growth and feed production.  Students will also become proficient in related areas like accounting, ag law, insurance, finance and other areas that will help them succeed.

Another feature of this program is an animal lab available to students.  This working beef production facility allows students access to cattle from birth to sale and helps students learn not only the hands-on labor needed to maintain a beef herd, but also the marketing process for making a profit.

Graduates will find work in many areas of agriculture including farms, ranches, feedlots, genetics and breeding, sales, marketing and livestock handling.

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Curriculum

Award: AAS Degree

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Semesters
First Semester
AGT101Animal Science I3 credits
AGT102Weeds & Herbicides3 credits
AGT104Ag Chemicals2 credits
AGT120Soil Science I3 credits
AGT211Farm Accounting3 credits
TRAN100Industrial Transportation CDL1 credit
CIS105Introduction to Computers3 credits
SSS100Student Success1 credit
Total Semester Hours19 credits
Second Semester
AGT110Crop Science I3 credits
AGT112Fertilizers3 credits
AGT160Commodity Marketing I3 credits
AGT190Internship I6 credits
AGT214Ag Law3 credits
CPR100First Aid, CPR AED0.5 credits
Total Semester Hours18.5 credits
Third Semester
AGT240Livestock Reproduction3 credits
AGT242Livestock Diseases3 credits
AGT245Animal Nutrition2 credits
AGT295Beef Management1 credit
Communications Elective3 credits
Math Elective3 credits
General Education Elective3 credits
Total Semester Hours18 credits
Fourth Semester
AGT130Livestock Selection2 credits
AGT215Ag Finances3 credits
AGT241Feed Utilization2 credits
AGT263Fundamentals of Insurance2 credits
AGT290Internship II6 credits
AGT296Calving Management1 credit
General Education Elective3 credits
Total Semester Hours19 credits

Requirements

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Any student who enrolls in Commercial Driver training must obtain a South Dakota driver’s license in order to complete the CDL training course.  A Class A CDL is a graduation requirement for this program. 

Mitchell Tech recommends that applicants to the Animal Science program obtain a physical examination for their safety and protection.  

Please Note:

  • Students enrolled must possess a Class A CDL license before the end of the 10th day of their first semester of enrollment or be registered for TRAN 100 during their first semester.
  • Students must pass the Commercial Applicator’s License exam in order to graduate

COMPUTER REQUIREMENTS

Commercial Driver training must obtain a South Dakota driver’s license in order to complete the CDL training course.  A Class A CDL is a graduation requirement for this program. 

Mitchell Tech recommends that applicants to the Animal Science program obtain a physical examination for their safety and protection.  

Please Note:

  • Students enrolled must possess a Class A CDL license before the end of the 10th day of their first semester of enrollment or be registered for TRAN 100 during their first semester.
  • Students must pass the Commercial Applicator’s License exam in order to graduate

Computer Requirements: This program requires a laptop computer so that you can effectively integrate computing skills with your technical education. Many resources that instructors assign are online or require specialty software. To address these needs, Mitchell Tech requires that students entering this program purchase their laptops from Mitchell Tech. The cost for an Mitchell Tech laptop averages about $1,000 for this program. Please be aware that our machines come fully loaded with the software required for this program. 

Whether it’s Microsoft Office, or a specialty software for a technical program, your needs will be met by your Mitchell Tech laptop.  And our laptops are serviced for free by our Technology office. You will not be able to bring a laptop from home into an Mitchell Tech laptop program as we cannot provide support services for every make and model of laptop. Please consider this carefully before making any laptop purchase and check with the Admissions office for more details.

Outcomes

At the completion of the program, graduates will be able to:
  • Demonstrate agribusiness principles in livestock operations
  • Explore equipment and facilities
  • Demonstrate professionalism in human relations
  • Apply problem solving skills in agriculture scenarios
  • Attain a certificate in Beef Quality Assurance or Swine Quality Assurance
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of livestock husbandry
  • Plan a successful livestock reproduction program
  • Identify common diseases, treatment, and prevention in livestock
  • Apply nutrition and feed utilization in a livestock operation
Annual Program Review

Check out the 2023-24 Annual Program Review for information on how faculty ensure the quality and effectiveness of the program.

Faculty

Lori Repenning

Animal Science Instructor

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Cost

$ 4000
Program Tuition & Fees*

Other Required Costs

Laptop/Software $1,150
CDL $1,000
Books / Tools (estimated) $1,695

Scholarships

$750

1 AVAIL.

SD Municipal Electric Association Energy Production & Transmission Scholarship

SD Municipal Electric Association

All programs eligible.
Must be a resident of the SD Municipal Electric Association service area.

$500

1 AVAIL.

IJ Carey Memorial in Livestock Evaluation

Roxene G Kasten

IJ Carey supported our Animal Science programs at Mitchell Tech. This scholarship was established by his family to be awarded to a student who is current student and apart of the livestock judging team.
Current Student
Second Year Student
Animal Science
On Campus
Must be a second year full-time student who is a member of the livestock judging team Must be enrolled full time Applicant must complete the MTC Online application to be eligible to receive this scholarship.

$1000

2 AVAIL.

South Dakota Wheat Commission

South Dakota Wheat Commission

The South Dakota Wheat Commission began offering scholarships for Culinary Academy of South Dakota, Animal Science, Ag Business, Agronomy, Precision Technology, and SD Center for Farm and Ranch Management program students in 2014. The Commission has been an active supporter of several Mitchell Technical College programs for several years and has provided financial support for equipment and program development.
Agricultural Business
Agronomy
Animal Science
Culinary Academy of South Dakota
Precision Ag Technology
Applicants must be currently enrolled as first year full-time students in the Culinary Academy of South Dakota or Agronomy programs, with second choice being Ag Business, Animal Science or Precision Technology Applicants must complete the MTC current student online application during the open enrollment period as instructed to be eligible for this scholarship Applicant must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher Award considerations include academic performance, financial need, responses to essay questions and recommendations from instructors. Ag award preference would be to someone who comes from or has plans to go into production agriculture, specifically wheat production Culinary Academy of South Dakota award preference would be students interested in the baking side of the program

$1500

1 AVAIL.

South Dakota Crop Improvement Association Scholarship

The scholarship will be awarded to a first year student enrolled in the Precision Technology, Ag Business, Animal Science or Agronomy programs and applied to the recipient's account the following Fall semester.
Agricultural Business
Agronomy
Animal Science
Precision Ag Technology
Applicant must be currently enrolled as a first year full-time student in the Precision, Ag Business, Animal Science and Agronomy programs at MTC. Applicant must complete the MTC online application during the open application period as instructed to be eligible for this scholarship 2.0 GPA

$1000

1 AVAIL.

South Dakota Assoc. of Cooperatives Scholarship

The scholarship was established in 2013.
Accounting
Agricultural Business
Agronomy
Animal Science
Business Management
Diesel Power - Ag Power Technology
Electrical Construction & Maintenance
Electrical Utilities & Substation Technology
Power Line Construction & Maintenance
Wi-Fi & Broadband Technologies
Wind Turbine Technology
Applicant must be an accepted full-time student enrolled at MTC in one of the programs mentioned Applicant must complete the MTC scholarship application during the open application period as instructed to be eligible for this scholarship First priority will be given to students with ties to a SDAC member cooperative Essay responses will be a large part of the recipient decision

$1000

1 AVAIL.

Roger Carlson “Tough Old Bird” Endowed Scholarship

Family & Friends of Roger Carlson

The endowment was established in 2013 by the family and friends of longtime Mithell Tech Ag instructor Roger Carlson. Carlson began his career at Mitchell Tech in August, 1990, and was a valued member of the Ag Technology department until May, 2011, when health problems forced his retirement. Carlson passed away on August 27, 2012 from complications related to leukemia. The endowment began providing scholarships in the 2013-14 school year to a qualifying student in the Ag Technology, Architecture Design and Building Construction or Farm Power Technology programs. The scholarship will be awarded in January each year and applied to the recipient's account the following Fall semester.
Agricultural Business
Agronomy
Animal Science
Architectural Design and Building Construction
Diesel Power - Ag Power Technology
Applicant must be an first year full-time student enrolled at MTC in the Ag Business, Animal Science, Agronomy, Architecture Design and Building Construction, or Diesel Power Technology program Applicant must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher Applicant must complete the MTC scholarship application during the open application period as instructed to be eligible for this scholarship

Contact Admissions

For information about any of our programs, application, or any of our other student services please contact us:

Admissions Office
Mitchell Technical College
1800 E. Spruce St.
Mitchell, SD 57301

800.684.1969
605.995.3025
fax: 605.995.3067
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