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Animal Science




Other/Related Variations

·       Animal Science & Industry

·       Animal Science & Management


Degree Type/Duration

·       Associate’s Degree (2 years)

·       Bachelor’s Degree (4 years)

·       Master’s Degree (Varies)

·       Doctorate Degree (Varies)



Animal Science focuses on the understanding of the life cycle of companion/production animals through the study of animal behavior, growth, development, lactation, genetics, breeding, nutrition and reproduction. This major allows students to seek careers in animal agriculture.


Coursework may cover the following areas: Anatomy, Nutrition, Genetics, ‘Species’ Science, Biology, Chemistry, Reproduction, Working with Animals, Livestock Handling, Marketing & Management of Livestock, Physiology of Animals, Animal Behavior, Food Processing, Animal Feeds, Embryo Transfer, Lactation, Meats




·       Animal Agribusiness

·       Animal Biology

·       Animal Care and Management

·       Behavior

·       Biosciences

·       Dairy Foods Technology

·       Food Animal Production

·       Livestock

·       Pre-veterinary Medicine

·       Products

·       Science and Technology

·       ‘Species’ Focus



Potential Career Paths


Animal Biotechnologist

Animal Caretaker

Animal Geneticist

Animal Physical Therapist

Animal Welfare Specialist

Artificial Insemination Technician

Breeding Manager

Farm Manager

Feed Mill Manager

Feedlot Manager

Food Animal Veterinarian

Herd Nutritionist

Livestock Grader

Meat Inspector

Pet Groomer

Poultry Hatchery Manager

Production Manager

Small Animal Veterinarian

Swine Finishing Farm Manager

Veterinary Technician

Veterinary Assistant



Additional Opportunities/Recommendations


·       Animal handling experience

·       Livestock judging

·       Meat judging

·       Certified A.I.

·       Commercial Driver’s License Certification

·       Internship or work experience related to animal science

·       Veterinary School with proper pre-requisites

·       Veterinary Technician Certification

·       Additional certifications & licensure available
·       Physical therapy graduate programs

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