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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

NOCTI and Nocti Business Solutions (NBS) | Evaluated Learning Experience

Small Animal Science and Technology (3103)

Formerly Small Animal Science and Technology (2003)
Course Category: 
NOCTI and NBS proctored test centers throughout the United States.

September 2011 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Students will be able to: maintain a safe and sanitary environment; identify zoonotic diseases and modes of transmission and prevention; identify and properly handle contaminated and hazardous material and chemicals; handle and restrain animals for various procedures; identify breeds and sex of animals (e.g., dogs, cats, rodents, rabbits); eeed and water animals and maintain appropriate environment; identify and manage care for animals at different life stages; gather and record health data on animals; interpret animal body language; identify external anatomy and directional terminology; identify issues of animal overpopulation and discuss prevention methods and benefits; identify training and enrichment methods and equipment; select, identify, and properly use grooming equipment; select and prepare shampoos and rinses; identify and describe other various grooming procedures and methods (e.g., ears, coat, nails, and glands); define specific genetic and reproductive terminology, including sex-linked traits; use the Punnett Square to solve monohybrid cross and dihybrid cross; evaluate a pedigree; explain factors that affect reproductive health and fertility; identify and explain functions of reproductive organs and explain the role of hormones and factors that affect them; describe different phases of the reproductive/estrous cycle; list signs of parturition and manage care of newborns; identify appropriate procedures for client and interoffice communications; schedule appointments and maintain appointment book; record and maintain medical records; perform and maintain inventory; use business mathematics; identify medical terminology, equipment, and supplies; explain arterial and venous bleeding and identify pressure points; identify symptoms and treatment of shock; describe appropriate ways to approach and treat a sick or injured animals; identify various types of bandages and appropriate applications; perform physical assessment/triage, including TPR; describe the ABCs of CPR procedures; prepare slides and operate various types of microscopes; operate scales and weigh/measure animals properly; identify and describe routes of medication administration; identify surgical instruments and prepare surgical packs; calculate dosage rates and conversions; list characteristics of a healthy animal; identify common internal and external parasites; perform examinations for internal and external parasites (e.g., fecal exams, ear cytology); explain the differences between infectious and non-infectious diseases (e.g., viral, bacterial, fungal); describe the body’s response when exposed to disease (e.g., immunity, antibody/antigen); explain how diseases are transmitted and prevention methods, including quarantine and isolation methods; discuss vaccination protocols; identify and explain functions of digestive system organs; explain digestive characteristics of cecal fermenters, monogastrics, and avian species; list the six nutrient groups and their function and sources; determine types of food to feed different animal species; read and interpret feed labels and follow appropriate storage methods; and list diseases associated with nutritional deficiency and/or toxicity. Performance ComponentIdentify Tools and Equipment (12%); Proper Restraint and Sex Determination of Small Animals (31%); Identify Parasites (14%); Fill Syringes (16%); Canines: Safety, Handling, Restraint, and External Anatomy Identification (20%); Determine Proper Diet for Animals (7%).


NOCTI and NBS exams assess individuals' end-of-program knowledge and skills in an online proctored proficiency examination format. In addition, some programs administer a NOCTI/NBS performance component test to assess application of skills.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Small Animal Science (5/12) (5/17 revalidation) (12/21 revalidation). NOTE: An additional 1-2 credits may be awarded based on successful completion of the Performance Component when given in conjunction with the written proficiency examination.