Our attitudes toward animals are related to how we eat, how we live, and how we respect our natural or domestic environments. The world needs thoughtful advocates for animals in agriculture, policy, law and wildlife conservation.
Animal Conservation & Care is a growing field emerging in response to the human impact on wild and domestic animals. The major serves students who want to ensure that we have a positive influence on animal populations and individuals. Students are free to choose their own path focusing on wild populations, livestock or domestic animals.
Increased interest in this major reflects a rising concern about human-wildlife conflicts, animal use, and animal welfare. Through exploration of animal interactions, along with the influences that humans and nonhuman animals exert on each other’s lives, this interdisciplinary program serves students with exposure to different perspectives, including sustainable agriculture, captive animal care, philosophy, biology, natural resource management, policy, and law.
The major is offered as either a Bachelor of Science degree (for those interested in applied science occupations like wildlife management or veterinary care) or a Bachelor of Arts degree (for students interested in a range of careers, from domestic animal welfare to wildlife conservation.
Green Mountain College has many local resources that support the study of animals. For the study of domestic animals, this includes our 22-acre Cerridwen Farm right on campus as well as the local farming communities in both Vermont and New York, including local dairies and horseback riding facilities. For the study of wild populations, resources include field opportunities on campus along the river, at the Dean Preserve and the local Lake Champlain and Hudson River watersheds.
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