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For students interested in a focused two-year
course of study that will propel them into the
workforce more quickly than a four-year degree and
provide a strong foundation for a rewarding career,
the University of New Hampshire’s College of Life
Sciences and Agriculture on the Durham campus
offers three highly regarded associate degree
programs in our Thompson School of Applied
Science: Applied Animal Science, Forest Technology
and Veterinary Technology. After the completion
of any of these degrees, students who qualify can
transfer into some of our four-year programs and
earn their bachelor’s degree with two additional
years of full-time study.
While meeting key state workforce needs in the
areas of agriculture, veterinary medicine and forestry,
all three programs also offer a pathway for students
who qualify to transfer into the relevant four-year
programs after they earn their associate degree
and obtain a bachelor’s degree in just two additional
years with a full-time course of study. Read about the
exciting work being conducted across the College of
Life Sciences and Agriculture in our magazine Thrive.

Applied Animal Science
A Solid Foundation for Career in the Field of Farm
Animal Production and Management
The Applied Animal Science program prepares
students for successful careers in animal production
and management. Students handle farm animals
starting week one and learn to work safely with
farm livestock and poultry while building a strong
foundation in the science and business of animal

agriculture. The curriculum focuses on decision-
making, technologies, and processes that address

the realities modern agriculture. Our teaching
facilities include the Fairchild Dairy Teaching and
Research Center, the Organic Dairy Research Farm,
the Lou and Lutza Smith Equine Center and Tirrell
Horse Barn and two teaching animal high tunnels.
Students in the AAS program participate in
unique, hands-on learning courses, including
Cooperative Real Education in Agricultural
Management (CREAM), during which they manage
our student-run dairy cooperative on campus and
the Poultry Experiential Education Program (PEEP).

Veterinary Technology
Learning How to Be Vital Part of an Animal Care Team
The Veterinary Technology program is accredited by
the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
and prepares students for careers as veterinary
technicians. The curriculum includes a blend of
classroom instruction and hands-on experiences, and
students gain real-world experience through supervised
clinical rotations at local veterinary clinics and hospitals
and at UNH’s own on-campus clinic, PAWS, which
serves low-income pet owners in the area.
Students graduate with an exceptional range
of animal care experience, a diverse skill set that
prepares them to work in many settings within the
veterinary field, and the knowledge they need to take
the national Veterinary Technician National Exam
(VTNE) to become a licensed veterinary technician.

Forest Technology

Working to Manage and Solve Natural Resource
and Environmental Challenges
Forest Technology students learn how to inventory
natural resources; design, plan, and supervise forest
harvesting operations; map and survey forest land;
develop a forest management plan; and mitigate
forest health issues – all while applying principles of
conservation and sustainability.
Students in the program, which is accredited by
the Society of American Foresters, spend a lot of
time in UNH’s largest “classroom” on campus: the
more than 3,000 acres of woodlands land owned
and managed by the university. Students also work
in UNH’s on-campus sawmill, which has served the
UNH community as a facility for research, education,
and sustainable lumber production since 1968.
Anthony S. Davis, Dean