Academy for Animal Science

  • The Academy for Animal Science allows students to explore the fascinating world of animal science including everything from evolutionary biology to animal ethics and common animal disorders. As part of the academic program, students maintain and care for a large, varied collection of animals that students interact with on a daily basis.



Academy Teacher

Mr. Tommy Koehler

Phone: 973-627-4600 ext.. 274


Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Tommy Koehler

Career Field - Animal Science

  • Career Pathways in Animal Science (include but are not limited to):


    Agricultural Educators ● Livestock producers ● AI Technicians-Aquaculturalists ● Animal Caretakers-Poultry Managers ● Equine Managers-Veterinarians ● Veterinary AssistantsFeedlot Specialists ● Animal Scientists ●Embryo Technologists ● Livestock Buyers ● Feed Sales Representatives ● Vivarian Technicians ● Wildlife Biologists ● Livestock Geneticists ● Animal Nutritionists ● Dairy Producers● Livestock Inspectors ● Feed Sales Specialists ●Animal Health Salespersons ●Meat Science Researcher ●Reproductive Physiologists ● Embryo Transfer Technicians ● Pet Shop Operators ●USDA Inspectors


    2019-2020 Seniors in the Academy for Animal Science completed internships with (including but not limited to):

    Animal Clinic of Morris Plains
    Barks Bed & Biscuit
    Butler Animal Hospital
    Companion Animal Hospital & Avian/Exotic Clinic
    Eleventh Hour Rescue
    Hodes Veterinary Group
    Morris Hills Veterinary Clinic
    Mountain View Veterinary Hospital
    Skylands Animal Sanctuary
    Wash N’ Wiggle

Academy Course of Study

  • 9th Grade

    Academy:  Evolutionary Biology & Taxonomy

    In their first year of study, freshmen explore the basics of animal science. Emphasis is placed on phylogeny and evolutionary relationships among species. As students progress, they are able to investigate the correlation between natural history and physical adaptations of species through the study of homology and species comparison. By the end of the year, students learn about animal behavior and practice animal training techniques.

    Core Courses:

    • English 9*
    • Algebra I, Geometry* or Algebra II*
    • Biology*
    • Health and Physical Education 9
    • World History*
    • World Language
    • Financial Literacy

    *Honors courses available and determined by placement testing upon acceptance to MCST


    10th Grade

    Academy: Animal Ethics and Animal Science Career Exploration

    As sophomores, students begin to work effectively with the extensive live animal collection. To that end, they engage in discussions about the ethical treatment of animals as it applies to various careers they might ultimately choose to pursue. Second-year students learn about the industry organizations which promote animal welfare, while striving to maintain a work environment which mirrors the many aspects of industry in which an animal technician might practice.

    Core Courses:

    • English 10*
    • Geometry*, Algebra II* or Pre-Calculus*
    • Chemistry*
    • Health and Physical Education 10
    • US History I*
    • World Language
    • VPA Elective

    *Honors courses available and determined by grades and teacher recommendation


    11th Grade

    Academy: Animal Physiology & Pathology/Animal Facilities Management

    Upperclassmen enrolled in the Academy for Veterinary Science are responsible for the maintenance and management of the animal collection. Students make daily careful observations regarding animal health, basing their reports on knowledge gained from their ongoing study of blood disorders, bone disorders, urinary disorders, and parasitology. 

    Core Courses:

    • English 11*
    • Algebra II*, Pre-Calculus*, AP Calculus
    • Physics*
    • Health and Physical Education 10
    • US History II*
    • World Language
    • Elective

    *Honors courses available and determined by grades and teacher recommendation


    12th Grade at MCST

    Career and Technical Education (Academy):

    • Career and Technical Education Elective (i.e. Virtual Enterprises International, Computer Science Principles, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles)
    • Senior Capstone
    • OR CCM for Academy coursework

    Structured Learning Experience (Graduation Requirement):

    • All Seniors must complete 120 hours of an approved internship in their respective career field.

    Core Courses: 

    • English 12* (required)
    • Health and Physical Education 12 (required)
    • AP Calculus, Statistics, Foundations of College Math
    • Environmental Science, Anatomy and Physiology I
    • World Language*

    *Honors courses available and determined by grades and teacher recommendation


    12th Grade at County College of Morris

    Eligible Seniors may complete their Senior coursework in full or in part at County College of Morris. See School Counseling Department for more information.

    Required Courses:


    • English Composition I (ENG111)
    • Lifetime Wellness (HED128) or PE (labeled HES)
    • Academy Course (1)

    BIO 121 General Biology I
    BIO 127 Biology of Environmental Concerns
    BIO 122 General Biology Lab
    COM 104 Interpersonal Communications
    COM 109 Speech Fundamentals
    CMP126 Computer Applications (all but CIS students)
    CMP128 Computer Science 1 (all but CIS students)
    BUS 112 Introduction to Business (all but FIB students)
    ACC 110 Elements of Accounting (all but FIB students)


    • English Composition II (ENG112)
    • PE or Lifetime Wellness (whichever was not taken in the Fall)
    • Academy Course (1) (see above list)

    *See Guidance (School Counseling) Department for additional information on CCM courses

    Structured Learning Experience

    • All Seniors must complete 120 hours of an approved internship in their respective career field.


Academy Video - Class of 2019