Animal Science

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About the Major

The Animal Science major prepares you for business related or hands on careers in the animal industry. The curriculum teaches students about animal breeding, growth, nutrition, physiology, health, behavior, management, welfare, production and food products. Students can also develop skills in clinical and laboratory procedures, critical and ethical thinking, as well as verbal and written communication.

Career Outcomes

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Where do students work after graduation?

Where do students work after graduation?

Job titles and employers for graduates reported within 6 months of graduation
Job Title Employer
Adoption Coordinator Happy Tails Rescue
Agronomy Sales Advisor Innovative Ag Services
Animal Care Technician Mayo Clinic
Animal Labatory Scientist University of Minnesota
Client Services Veterinary Medical Center
Dietetic Intern M Health Fairview
Foster Program Coordinator Tree House Humane Society
Large Animal Veterinary Technician Assistant University of Minnesota
Management Associate Cargill
Marketing Communications Manager Holstein Association USA
R&D Lab Technician Milk Specialties Global
Surgical Research Technician Data Sciences International
Technician Assistant South Metro Animal Emergency Care
Territory Sales Manager GENEX
Tissue Processing Technician HLT Medical
Vet Tech Vet Partners Apple Valley
Veterinarian Technician Blue Pearl Animal Hospital
Veterinary Assistant VCA Feist Animal Hospital
Veterinary Assistant Park Grove Pet Hopital
Veterinary Assistant Southview Animal Hospital
Veterinary Assistant VCA Feist Animal Hospital
Veterinary Assistant VCA Feist Animal Hospital
Veterinary technician Haarstad Veterinary Dermatology

Where do students continue education after graduation?

Where do students continue education after graduation?

Programs and schools students enrolled in after graduation
Program School
Animal Nutriton University of Minnesota
Animal Science University of Minnesota
Horticulture University of Minnesota
Veterinary Medicine St. Georges University
Veterinary Medicine St. Georges University
Veterinary Medicine University of Minnesota
Veterinary Medicine University of Minnesota
Veterinary medicine University of Minnesota
Veterinary Medicine Cornell University
Veterinary Medicine Iowa State University
Veterinary Medicine Royal Veterinary College
Veterinary Medicine Saint Matthews University
Veterinary Medicine University of Minnesota
Veterinary Medicine University of Minnesota
Veterinary Medicine University of Minnesota
Veterinary Medicine University of Minnesota
Veterinary Medicine University of Wisconsin Madison

Where students interned and gained experience during school

Full outcomes report including salary, locations, satisfaction, and more

Common Entry-Level Job Titles

  • Agronomy Sales Representative
  • Animal Care Technician
  • Farm Manager
  • Lab Analyst 
  • Management Associate
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Pet Store Manager
  • Production Specialist
  • Researcher
  • Veterinary Assistant/Technician
  • Zookeeper

Top Employers

  • American Preclinical Services
  • Banfield Pet Hospital
  • Broadway Robbinsdale Animal Hospital
  • Covance Clinical Research
  • East Lake Animal Clinic
  • Edina Pet Hospital
  • Land O' Lakes
  • Mission Animal Hospital
  • University of Minnesota
  • VCA Feist Animal Hospital
  • Westgate Pet Clinic

Types of Employers

  • Agricultural business organizations
  • Animal hospitals
  • Animal production facilities
  • Animal nutrition companies
  • Dairy farms
  • Government agencies 
  • Horse breeding/racing industry
  • Pet stores
  • University laboratories
  • Veterinary clinics 

Additional Resources

In addition to these resources we recommend the following strategies to locate more information about careers related to your major:

  • O*NET and Careerwise. These tools provide comprehensive information about a wide range of careers including typical duties, salaries, employment outlook, skills and interests.
  • Locate professional associations related to your major or career interests by conducting a Google Search on “(Name of major/career area/industry) professional associations.” Try these keywords: animal, science, bovine, poultry, veterinarian, herd, research, production, food, equine, comfort, companion, zoo keeping, wildlife, management, agribusiness, pets, livestock
  • Get involved in one of the many industry-related student groups on campus. These groups provide links to experiences, guest speakers, and discussion with like-minded students.
  • Study Abroad Information for Animal Science