Herd Nutritionist



Research and advisory role that advises on raw material product selection, maintenance feeding programs and modification of diets to meet certain desired outcomes.



What responsibilities will I have?

  • Frequently observe animals’ behavior and eating habits
  • Understand current feed rations and nutritional value
  • Get to know the farm and the ultimate end use for the animals to better formulate a diet for them
  • Educate farmer and employee on appropriate diets, product mix, dietary planning and preparation of fodder or food to treat an illness or disease and/or to enhance and maintain optimum health performance
  • Determine performance benchmarks and process as defined by regulatory and company policies
  • Conduct and evaluate dietary studies and other fodder, food and nutrition-related research
  • Monitor aspects of feed manufacturing and quality control
  • Advise on product development and marketing strategies and provide nutritional information to consumer market
  • Monitor aspects of feed manufacturing and quality control
  • Research alternative raw product inputs for desired minimum nutritional results
  • Assist in keeping records of anti-biotics, medicines etc.

What education and training is required?

A bachelor’s degree in animal science, poultry science or other related field is required. A masters degree in animal nutrition may be required for some roles.  


To pursue a career as a herd nutritionist:

The following high school courses are recommended:  agricultural education, mathematics, anatomy, biology, chemistry and computer courses.


Where can I work?

Depending upon the animal you may work for a cooperative, veterinarian, a feed company or independently.


Future Job Market / Outlook

The future outlook for a herd nutritionist will be good over the next five years.


Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • Animal Nutrition Association
  • American Association of Swine Practitioners 
  • American Poultry Association
  • American Society of Animal Science