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Plant, Animal, & Life Sciences

Julia Rotman-Smith
(315) 253-0361 ext. 5615

Sharon Gulnac
Teacher Assistant

The Plant, Animal, and Life Sciences Program is a stimulating and challenging option for employment bound or college-bound high school students. Not sure what you want to do...just know you like working with plants and animals, and being outside...we’ll help you figure it out at the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES.

For additional information contact your high school guidance counselor.


Care & Handling of Animals

  • Learn how to properly care for small & large animals
  • Learn proper handling & restraint of animals

Veterinarian Medicine
  • Practice treating & caring for real animals
  • Be trained to give clinical exams, basic behavior training techniques, vet hospital procedures, anatomy of animal and much more

Florticulture/Florist Work
  • Discovery the basics of flower arranging while creating floral arrangements for our floral business

Greenhouse Management
  • Spend time in the greenhouse discovering how to grow plants, practice hydroponics (growing plants in water) and much more
  • Grow professional grade hanging baskets, design container gardens and learn how to grow your own food

Managing a Business
  • Learn business and management skills through internships, fundraisers and our floral business
  • Create your own business, sell and market your product through business sales and marketing plans

Working Outdoors
  • Spend time on our land lab learning how to plant a crop, manage soil, and even learn how to drive the tractor

Leadership & Communications
  • Develop proper interview techniques
  • Work with a team
  • Develop public speaking skills

Animal Nutrition
  • Learn to balance animal ratios
  • Learn the important nutrients necessary in maintaining animal health


All second-year students will complete a Career and Technical Education Portfolio that exhibits necessary elements for CTE Endorsement and demonstrates competencies in Plant, Animal & Life Sciences.


Articulation Agreements/College Credit

  • SUNY Cobleskill
  • SUNY Alfred
  • Paul Smith’s College
  • Integrated Science & English Credit

Internship Experience

Are you interested in...

  • Building self-confidence
  • Gaining leadership skills
  • Competing and traveling opportunities, regionally and nationally (Indianapolis, IN, throughout New York)
  • Maximizing personal potential
  • Assisting others to meet new challenges
  • Challenging your mind and your spirit
  • Being a part of the largest student organization in the world
  • Having access to millions of dollars in scholarship money
  • Volunteering and giving back to the community

Plant, Animal & Life Sciences possible careers:
  • Veterinarian Medicine
  • Floriculture/Floral Designer
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Communications
  • Owning a business
  • Animal Care & Handling
  • Education
  • Horticulture
  • Greenhouse Management





Brian K. Hartwell, Ed.D.
District Superintendent / CEO

1879 West Genesee Street Rd.
Auburn, NY 13021
Phone: (315) 253-0361

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