• Plant, Animal &

    Life Sciences

    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.

    Program Content

    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

    Floriculture/Florist Work

    • Discover 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


  • Katie Hopkins
    P: (315) 253-0361 ext. 5617

    Sharon Gulnac
    Teacher Assistant



    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

    Potential Careers

    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