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This Virtual Apprentice 1040 website will help you complete the course requirements for the AGR1040: Animal Basics CTS course. In this course, you will explore the overarching question, What is an acceptable level of care for domestic animals?
Course Goals
In this Virtual Apprentice 1040 course for AGR1040: Animal Basics, you will:
  • Identify and demonstrate the basic steps involved in raising and caring for a domestic animal.
  • Understand the general care required to ensure an animal's health.
AGR1040: Animal Basics is worth one credit and generally takes between 17 and 25 hours to complete, although that time may vary, depending on your learning needs and preferences.
What To Do
  1. Start with the Introductory Learning Tasks. There, you will get started on career choices and select an animal on which you want to focus.

  2. Introduction Save this Animal Basics 1040 Learning Checklist in your portfolio. The Learning Checklist is set up so you can keep track of, and check off, each apprenticeship task as you complete it. Review the checklist and select the learning location and animal that you are interested in working with.

  3. Next, the Apprenticeship Learning Tasks will take you to a stable, farm or kennel – depending on which animal you choose.

  4. The Final Project will ask you to bring what you’ve learned together.
You will be assessed on your work in one of the three apprenticeship locations as well as the completion of your choice of one final project.

You will:
  • Complete SEVEN learning tasks in the location and with the animal you choose to work. These learning tasks will help you with your final project.

  • Select and complete ONE of three final projects. Find a Project Planning Guide in
    Final Project.

  • Write a 200-word personal statement that should become part of your career portfolio. Your responses to reflection questions found in each location will help you construct this statement.
How to Use the Course Icons
These icons signal different types of learning resources that you will find and use.

Introduction These Introductory learning resources introduce the course and include learning tasks. Some tasks can be directly inputted into the resource, saved and printed.
need to do These Need to Do resources provide apprenticeship learning tasks and questions. Some tasks can be directly inputted into the resource, saved and printed.
need to know These Need to Know resources provide information you need to know about each animal to complete the apprenticeship learning tasks.
need to do This is an Image Bank visual that will help you complete a task.
graphic organizer These are Graphic Organizers that you can use to complete tasks.
weblinks These indicate Weblinks that provide additional information.
projects This is the Project Planning Guide. It outlines three final project options and includes planning templates.
reflect This is a Reflect question to which you should respond after you finish each inquiry.