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Animal Biotechnologist

 

Overview:

Animal Biotechnologists are responsible for researching how nutrients in feed and/or animal reproductive processes impact animal health. They then create methods for more efficient production using their research findings.

 

What responsibilities will I have?

  • Disseminate technical information to veterinarians or related animal health personnel
  • Perform daily insemination, heat detection and schedule of the herd
  • Maintain records of procedures, farm calls and emergencies
  • Routine maintenance and sterilization of equipment and machinery
  • Semen collection and processing semen orders
  • Attend training programs and education workshops to ensure customer satisfaction
  • On-farm training of personnel
  • Analyze client needs and develop nutritional plans for their animal(s)
  • Develop and test new feed supplements for farmers
  • Assess new nutritional products and feed combinations
  • Investigate nutritional disorders
  • Write reports and give informational presentations regarding animal nutrition
  • Customize ingredient blends and management programs
  • Monitor feed formulations to meet standards and quality control regulations
  • Evaluate chemical and nutritional value of feeds and feed supplements
  • Coordinate research trials
  • Initiate and support patent applications for securing new products
  • Ensure health, safety and environmental procedures and regulations are put in place and followed
  • Attend training when needed and coordinate training for team members
  • Monitor laboratory analysis and assist when needed

 

What education and training is required?

A master’s degree in animal/poultry science or related major.

 

To pursue a career as an Animal Biotechnologist:

The following high school courses are recommended:  agricultural education, a focus on sciences such as animal science, chemistry and biology, and mathematics.

 

Typical Employers:

Employed by food production companies, contract growers with integrated production facilities, animal pharmaceutical companies, and university research farms there are also some opportunities to be self-employed.

 

Future Job Market/Outlook:

The future outlook for Animal Biotechnologist will be good over the next five years.

 

Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations:

  • National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
  • Dairy Farmers of America
  • American Poultry Association
  • American Society of Animal Science
  • National Institute for Animal Agriculture