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The One and Only: SUNY Cobleskill Launches SUNY’s First Bachelor of Technology Degree Program in Canine Training and Management

SUNY Cobleskill has established a new Bachelor of Technology degree program in Canine Training in Management. In addition to becoming the only program of its kind in the SUNY system, the program is one of only a handful of higher education programs in the country providing a comprehensive canine training and management curriculum. A degree program in the College’s Animal Science Department, the BT in Canine Management and Training is designed to prepare students for a wide range of professional opportunities in areas including canine-assisted therapy, nutrition, security, and veterinary medicine. The program is accepting students for the Fall 2019 Semester.

Across four years of study, students will engage in hands-on, experiential field learning, and receive traditional classroom instruction in diverse subjects including animal science, biology, general communications, and genetics. Cross-collaboration with academic programs and departments will be central to the program; courses in wildlife management, animal industry, and applied psychology are among those in which students will enroll. This range and depth of coursework is intended to create avenues for graduates to enter directly into canine training and management fields, and/or transition into graduate study.

Students will also be able to enhance their learning by becoming eligible to acquire industry credentials and certifications throughout their pursuit of a Canine Management and Training BT degree. A 12-credit internship giving students an opportunity to extend theory into practice is included as a degree requirement. A dedicated faculty, whose members include those with expertise in canine training, management, nutrition, conditioning, and exercise physiology, will guide students through the program. Practical behavioral training will exclusively utilize positive reward tactics.

“The need for qualified, well-rounded professionals with the ability to work across a full spectrum of canine-involved industries, and enter the workforce with the credentials necessary to do so, has led SUNY Cobleskill to develop a comprehensive training and management program,” says College Provost Dr. Susan Zimmermann. “In maintaining the commitment to applied learning and academic collaboration of our institution, we are confident this program will prepare students to excel in the workforce and innovate its future.”

The United States Department of Labor ranks NY a top-five state for the employment of animal trainers. The Albany-Schenectady-Troy metropolitan area, including nearby Dutchess and Putnam counties, is among the nation’s top-10 metropolitan areas for employed animal trainers.

The Bachelor of Technology in Canine Training and Management builds upon work with canines already underway at SUNY Cobleskill. The College campus is home to dedicated canine-specific training facilities, and the College supports a student-run canine club.

Learn more about the Canine Training and Management Program on our website at For additional information, please contact Professor of Animal Science Dr. Stephen A. Mackenzie at 518-255-5671 or

this release was created and distributed by SUNY Cobleskill, 03/06/19

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