Animal Science (ANSC)


What is Animal Science? Related Careers
Related Skills Job & Internship Search Links
Career Planning Links Professional Association Links
Miscellaneous Links UofA Department of Animal Sciences

What is Animal Science?

According to the University of Arkansas's Animal Science program, "Animal Science is the science and management of domestic livestock, including beef cattle, dairy cattle, horses, sheep, swine and companion animals.

The animal science major offers three areas of concentration designed to provide the scientific and technical education to prepare students for positions of leadership and responsibility. Students gain valuable experience pertaining to the production of beef and dairy cattle, swine, horses, sheep, and companion animals. In addition, extensive study is offered in the specialized areas of animal health, breeding and genetics, meat science, nutrition, and physiology.

Students majoring in animal science are prepared for a variety of careers. Pre-veterinary, pre-medical, and pre-professional course requirements may be fulfilled while meeting degree requirements. Specific career opportunities include positions and services related to the production, merchandising, processing and distribution of meat, milk, and related products. Additional opportunities include field persons, farm and herd managers, and other agribusiness-related positions. With additional academic training, animal science majors may become extension livestock specialists, nutritionists, geneticists, and physiologists."

Related Careers

4-H Agent Genetic Engineer
Administrative Specialist Housing & Environmental Quality Specialist
Agricultural Agent Kennel Operator
Animal Breeder Livestock Equipment Sales Manager
Animal Health Product Salesperson Livestock Feedlot Operator
Animal Physiologist Livestock Insurance Representative
Animal Public Information Coordinator Livestock Marketing Specialist
Animal Reproduction Specialist Livestock Buyer
Animal Scientist Livestock Production Manager
Animal Technician Market Forecaster
Biotechnologist Market Reporter
Breeding Technician Meat Grader
Country Agricultural Agent Molecular Biologist
Dairy Equipment Specialist Pharmaceutical Research Technician
Disease Control Specialist Pharmacologist
Environmental Regulator Professor
Environmental Technologist Public Health Professional
Extension Service Specialist Public Relations Specialist
Farm Manager Quality Assurance
Farmhand Research Laboratory Technician
Feed Manager Researcher
Feed Salesperson Technical Representative
Financial Analyst Veterinarian
Financial Representative Veterinary Laboratory Technician
Food Service Manager Veterinary Pathologist
Food/Meat Product Developer Writer/Editor
Gamekeeper Zoologist

Related Skills

Communication Skills (Oral & Written) Love of Animals
Interest in Helping Others Manual Labor Abilities
Knowledge of Agriculture Strong Background in Animal Sciences

Job & Internship Search Links

Agricultural Labour Pool

Animal Science Jobs

Environmental Career Opportunities

Farm and Ranch Jobs

USAJobs.gov - check out the Students and Recent Grads section and the Federal Jobs by College Major for a listing of job titles related to your major.

USDA Living Science

Veterinary Career Center

Career Planning Links

Explore Careers in Life Sciences

Animal Science Career Guide

Professional Association Links

American Animal Hospital Association

American Association for Laboratory Animal Science

American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians

American Feed Industry Association

American Veterinary Medical Association

Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges

Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Delta Society - Pet Partners

The Humane Society of the United States

International Association for Food Protection

National Animal Control Association

Therapy Dogs International

Miscellaneous Links

Animal Science Database

Farms.com