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Spanish for Animal Health and Care

Badge for Spanish for Animal Health and Care

Certificate in Spanish for Animal Health and Care

There is increasing awareness of the need for field specific communication skills in Spanish on the part of animal science and veterinary professionals. Animal well being is at stake when English speaking professionals encounter a monolingual Spanish speaking workforce. Currently, between 80% and 90% of the work force on livestock farms is made up of Spanish speaking immigrants with low English proficiency. Additionally, small animal veterinarians increasingly need the communicative skills to interact with Spanish speaking pet owners about proper animal care.

Our undergraduate Spanish language certificate program addresses this workplace communication gap. Starting in the Fall of 2018, the CSU Languages, Literatures and Cultures Department will offer a unique certificate in Spanish for Animal Health and Care. The program is based on a triangulated needs analysis and aims to develop intermediate level communication skills in Spanish in the following domains: dairy and beef livestock, equine and small animal care. The program focuses on the basic terminology and the linguistic skills necessary to successfully complete relevant every day tasks in Spanish. All targeted linguistic forms, communicative activities and assessments are task based and practical in nature.

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For more information, please email Shannon Zeller or Maura Velázquez-Castillo