Poultry Management Technology

This curriculum is designed to prepare students for careers in the production, processing, and distribution of poultry and their products according to scientific principles essential to efficient and profitable operation.

Students should learn skills necessary for the operation of efficient and profitable poultry enterprises. Coursework includes production practices, animal health, nutrition, reproduction, and management.

Graduates should qualify for entry-level jobs as herd or flock managers, field service persons, feed salespersons, equipment salespersons, feed mill workers, buyers of poultry and livestock, owners/operators, farm managers, department supervisors, field service representatives, and waste management technicians.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand basic animal husbandry practices.
  • Evaluate production, management, and marketing decisions and be able to effectively communicate those decisions.
  • Understand the impact the livestock and poultry industries have on local, state, national, and international levels.
  • Identify and describe different production systems for livestock and poultry.
  • Recognize the effects of animal health, management, genetics, environment, and nutrition in livestock production and their interactions.

Tyson Sustainable Animal Science Lab

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Contact Information

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Frank Blevins, BS
Lead Instructor of Animal Science
Phone: 336-838-6188


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Technical Standards

The Poultry Management Technology program technical standards have been developed to inform students of the nonacademic essential functions of the program and profession. Examples are not all inclusive.

Standard Essential Function Examples
Oral / Written
  • Skills sufficient to communicate information and ideas so others will understand
  • Communicate with coworkers and customers
Mobility / Motor Skills
  • Motor skills sufficient to move the hands and use hands to grasp or manipulate objects
  • Mobility sufficient to maneuver in varied terrain
  • Mobility sufficient to perform physical activities that require considerable use of arms and legs and moving the whole body
  • Ability to safely operate in and around machinery
  • Use hand tools and laboratory equipment
  • Physical activities may include:
    • Stooping
    • Reaching
    • Squatting
    • Lifting
    • Bending
  • Safely operate farm machinery
Physical Strength and Stamina
  • Ability to lift and carry objects
  • Ability to maintain balance
  • Carry and transfer bagged animal feed
  • Work on slippery or uneven surfaces

  • Sight
  • Sound
  • Taste
  • Touch
  • Smell
  • Visual skills sufficient to see details at close range
  • Ability to tolerate scents/dander
  • Ability to hear equipment to address maintenance issue
  • Ability to touch and locate anatomy on animals
  • Recognize the effects of animal health
  • Encounter scents and or dander related to animals, feeds, or waste
  • Recognize a malfunctioning fan motor
  • Locating a vein on an animal to draw blood
Environmental / Occupational Exposure
  • Possible exposure to common allergens
  • Possible exposure to extreme weather conditions
  • Able to tolerate variations in lighting
  • Chemicals, toxins, dust, fumes
  • Prolonged periods in various outdoor climates (heat, cold, rain)
Field or Industry Professional Standards
  • Safely work with livestock and machinery
  • Visiting farms and diagnosing livestock and equipment issues

Disability Services Statement

Wilkes Community College is an ADA compliant institution. WCC does not discriminate based on a disability in the admissions process or in access to its programs, services, and/or activities for qualified individuals who meet eligibility requirements. WCC will provide reasonable accommodations for individuals with documented disabilities who are eligible to receive or participate in college programs, services, and/or activities. If a student believes that he/she cannot meet one or more of a program’s essential functions without accommodations, the student is encouraged to disclose this to Disability Services as soon as possible.

Associate to Bachelor Agreements

An Associate to Bachelor agreement is an opportunity for students to complete their Associate's degree at Wilkes Community College and then transfer into a specified program at a partnering four-year institution for their Bachelor's degree. Wilkes Community College has the following Associate to Bachelor agreements for our Poultry Management Technology graduates: