Career and Real-World Applications

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What Interests You?

If you are interested in pursuing a career related to animal husbandry (animal care) or welfare, you should consider ways you can gain experience by working or volunteering for a veterinarian, zoo, food animal producer, local stable or animal shelter. Try to gain experiences with many animal species, not just cattle or cats and dogs.

Explore careers and occupations related to animals on the ALIS website. Search occupations by using the search term “animals.”

Track the hours of experience you gain and keep a journal of the learning that you acquire through your experiences. If you decide to apply to a college or technical post-secondary program, you will need to articulate all of the animal experiences you have had, and a journal will help you remember to include everything.

Many application processes also ask for a written personal statement. Your experiences in AGR 2020 will help you practise writing this type of statement.

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Activity 1.1 – Focus Your Learning Experience

Take a few minutes to complete the following activity. Start by reflecting on what your interests are, what you already know and what you have done. Which animal or animals interest you most or with which ones do you have the most experience? Why?

Note that this is a graded activity. A grading rubric is provided with the activity.


If you haven’t done so already, download the module activities booklet to your computer now by clicking here and saving the file to your course folder on your computer.

  1. Open the copy of the Module 1 Activities booklet on your computer.
  2. Scroll down to the “Focus Your Learning Experience” activity in the booklet.
  3. Respond to each of the questions provided.
  4. SAVE your work.
  5. Proceed to the next item here in the online course.


Start by reflecting on what your interests are, what you already know and what you have done.

  1. Which animal or animals interest you most or do you have the most experience with? Explain.
  2. What experiences do you have with animals? Write about two examples that illustrate your skills in providing daily care for an animal.
  3. What knowledge and/or skills would you like to work on to improve your understanding and ability to provide care for animals? (provide two examples)

For your convenience, these questions and the grading rubric are included with the activity in the booklet.

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