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Livestock Management

Location: ROC

Program Description

A day in Livestock Management is never the same as the day before. Working on an active farm requires flexibility, organization, communication, and critical thinking.  These are all skills that are emphasized in the Livestock Management program. A career in the large animal science field is especially well-suited for people who enjoy working with animals and in the outdoors. This career field affords workers with a high level of satisfaction and personal development in a working environment that is always active and interesting.


This two-semester course is designed for students to gain large animal and livestock experience.  The course is also designed to complement and prepare students for the ROC Veterinary Technology program, and, as such, high school juniors who successfully complete the course will be given priority enrollment the following year into the Vet Tech program.


Content includes career exploration, comparative anatomy and physiology, animal handling, nutrition, production systems, breed selection and genetics, species and breed identification. This course utilizes both the classroom and the on-campus farm as learning environments.


NOTE: Livestock Management is offered only during ROC's AM session (7:30am to 10:30am). Students requiring a PM session class may wish to consider Precision Ag Management.


Livestock management students learn:

  • Comparative anatomy and physiology
  • Large animal handling
  • Equipment operation
  • Nutrition and housing
  • Species and breed identification
  • Large animal care
  • Classroom/laboratory instruction

Professional Certification Opportunities

Certifications offered to students completing the ROC Livestock Management program include:

  • Precision Exams Animal Science I Certificate
  • Precision Exams Animal Science II Certificate
  • Precision Exams 21st Century Work Skills


Livestock Management students should have above average skills in reading and writing and science. Students should also have a solid attendance record.

High School credit available

Students earn 15 units of elective credit each semester toward their high school graduation.

College prep course. Meets area ā€œGā€ approval for UC admission.

Bakersfield college credit available

Livestock Management offers credit in the following Bakersfield College course:

  • ANCS B1 - Introduction to Animal Science; 3 units

Career Pathways and Related Occupations

This is a career awareness class which instructs students on the basics necessary for entry-level employment. Successful Livestock Management students often pursue careers in the following:

  • Animal Nutritionist
  • Animal Geneticist
  • Range Management
  • Dairy Farm Manager
  • Large Animal Veterinarian
  • Animal Caretaker
  • Animal Behaviorist/Animal Trainer
  • Operations Manager
  • Feedlot Manager
  • Zoologist