SUNY Cobleskill’s Canine Management and Training Program Growing

“With the industry growing at the rate that it is, there is no shortage of avenues to take in the working world.”

Spectrum News recently caught up with alum Emily Thurber who works as a behavior and enrichment associate with the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society. Her career path is just one of the countless paths our graduates take after earning their Bachelor’s degree, ranging from canine handling and care to national and private security work.

“There is a big demand for service dog trainers and therapy dog handlers, and the detection world especially is growing by leaps and bounds. Bomb dog handlers are needed all over the country and even all over the world. We have the industry coming to us now, looking for our students,” said Kyle McCraith, instructor and department chair of the College’s Canine Training and Management program.

SUNY Cobleskill launched its Bachelor of Technology degree program in 2019 as one of only a handful of higher education programs in the country, providing a comprehensive, canine-focused curriculum of its type. Canine Training and Management is designed to prepare students for a wide range of professional opportunities in areas including canine-assisted therapy, nutrition, and security. SUNY Cobleskill’s campus is home to two canine-specific training facilities, and the college supports a student-run canine club.

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