Animal Science Classes

    Taylor Thacker


    Background about your teacher:

    I am originally from a small town in Minnesota.  I grew up very involved in the agriculture industry from assisting on the farm to actively participating in the FFA.  Being that I like to travel, I moved to South Carolina for a brief time and then made my way to Texas.  I have a handsome son who just turned one this past May.  I look forward to another great year at Lampasas. 

    Animal Science Pathway:

    This pathway is designed to be lab-based classes.  The Advanced Animal Science class does count towards a science credit.  In each class, the students will have the opportunity to dissect animal parts, complete labs using raw meat, and work with live animals.  A “Year at a Glance” for each class can be found on my school website.  I will keep it updated as much as possible.  Your students will be using Google Classroom for much of their work.  With that being said, it is important that they bring their Chromebook and a charger if needed.  If your student misses class, they can find notes and assignments on the Google Classroom.

    Remind 101 codes for all class updates and reminders:  Please text 81010 with the correct code or download the app.

    • Lampasas FFA code: badgersffa
    • Small Animal/Equine: badgerssae
    • Livestock: badgersliv
    • Advanced Animal Science: lhsadvanim
    • Vet Med App: badgersvet

    Classroom Requirements:

    • Notebook
    • Binder if they prefer
    • Writing Utensil
    • Cell Phones WILL BE LIMITED USE


    • 50% of the grade will come from daily work, bell ringers, discussions or vocab.
    • 50% of the grade will come from lab work, projects and/or tests.


    FFA Membership and Dues:

    Your child is not required to join the FFA program, however it is strongly encouraged.  The Lampasas FFA Chapter will host monthly meetings this year.  The meetings will be at 6:00 P.M. on the first Tuesday of every month (except the first meeting).  The members are encouraged to be at such meetings.  Here new business will be presented to the chapter as well as various opportunities and activities.  The members will learn leadership skills, job related skills, and have the opportunity to travel and participate on many teams.  This is a great opportunity for the students to be involved with the community and have personal growth.  The dues will be $15 and due at the membership drive September 10th  in the cafeteria.  Parents are also encouraged to come to the meetings.  The parents will have separate meetings to assist in strengthening our FFA Chapter.

    SAE Requirements:

    Each student in the agriculture program is required to have an SAE.  An SAE is a supervised Agriculture Experience program.  This is something that the students are required to do outside of classroom time.  The students will log their hours and complete journal entries for such program.  The AET online logbook will be a part of each students’ grade.  They will have at minimum one classroom day a month to work on such logbook.  SAE projects are designed so that the students learn to apply concepts and principles taught in their agriculture classes to real-world problems and scenarios.  A student selects an SAE project based on his or her interests in one of four areas:

    • Exploratory-learning about the big picture of agriculture and its many related careers.
    • Research/Experimentation and Analysis- conduct research and analyze information to discover new knowledge.
    • Ownership/Entrepreneurship- Plan and operate an agriculture-related business.
    • Placement- work for a business or individual, either for pay or for the experience.

    Most students already have an SAE project and don’t even know it.  These projects can range from mowing lawns, to participating in stock shows, to working at a vet, to canning vegetables, to farming, etc.  I will be discussing many more options to your student at the beginning of the semester.  I encourage you to sit down with your child and discuss what types of activities they currently do outside of school that may qualify as an SAE project.  For the students that do not have a project and are willing to help outside of school hours, there will be a few opportunities at the school.

     Each student is to document a minimum of 10 hours each six weeks spent on a SAE.  These hours will be documented in the AET online record book system.  The student must also show 2 community service hours each semester.

    Please do not stress over the SAE requirements!  I will ensure that every student meets this requirement.




    The Animal Science Pathway is based on 60% laboratory experience where the students will get the opportunity and exposure to various animal models and the associated skills that accompany the course.


    As with all laboratory classes, there is always a certain level of risk associated with the animals, equipment and materials being used.  Your child will be exposed to animals and procedures such as:


    • Handling animals for class learning
    • Doing mildly to moderately uncomfortable procedures to the subject
    • Working with teeth and paws
    • Working with sharp objects
    • Exposure to animal body fluids
    • Dissection of animal parts
    • Use of raw meet to demonstrate labs (injections)


    Animals will be evaluated in relation to temperament and will all be vaccinated against rabies and all other communicable diseases; however animals are unpredictable and even the most well behaved animals can behave unexpectedly.


    At Lampasas High School, we try our best to promote a safe learning environment and will not tolerate any unsafe behavior around animals.  The laboratory is a place for learning valuable skills that can be used in industry type careers. 


    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by phone or email.


    ***This syllabus is subject to change.  You will be notified if there are major changes to the course or labs****


    Phone: 512-564-2310

    Email: thackert@lisdtx.org


    Thank you,


    Mrs. Thacker LISD




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    ***This syllabus is subject to change***

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