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Dairy Science




Degree Type/Duration

Degrees will often be for Animal Science with a dairy concentration.

·       Associate’s Degree (2 years)

·       Bachelor’s Degree (4 years)

·       Master’s Degree (Varies)

·       Doctorate Degree (Varies)




This major covers the study of dairy science and understanding animal management and health. Students will gain knowledge of lactation physiology along with business, economics, sciences and the management of dairy production facilities.


Coursework may cover the following areas: Anatomy, Nutrition and Metabolism, Genetics, Dairy Science, Biology, Chemistry, Reproduction, Lactation, Feeds & Feeding, Selection





·       Dairy Foods Production

·       Dairy Foods Technology



Potential Career Paths


·       Animal Biotechnologist

·       Animal Caretaker

·       Animal Welfare Specialist

·       Breeding Manager

·       Dairy Farm Worker

·       Ecologist

·       Farm Manager

·       Feed Mill Manager

·       Feedlot Manager

·       Livestock Buyer

·       Meat Inspector

·       Production Manager



Additional Opportunities/Recommendations

·       Animal handling experience

·       Livestock judging

·       Continue to veterinary school

·       Internship or work experience related to animal agriculture

·       Shadow or work for a veterinarian, farm, or animal shelter

·       Other certifications & licensure available


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