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.

Study Animal Science

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

Where are alumni 5 years after graduation?

Where are alumni 5 years after graduation?

Sampling of job titles and employers 5 years after graduation
Job Title Employer
Animal Control Investigator Humane Rescue Alliance
Associate Veterinarian Equine Medical Center of Ocala
Barn Worker HorsePlay Ranch
Beef Specialist Vita Plus Corporation
CEO Mounds View Acres
Credit Officer DIversified Compeer FInancial
Dairy Nutritionist ProVision Partners Cooperative
Director of Sales Manna Pro Products, LLC
Herd Manager Quarry Hill Dairy
ICU Technician University of Minnesota
Local 4-H Extension Educator UMN
Manager in Training Hog Procurement at Smithfield Foods
Nutrition and Quality Control Specialist Christensen Farms
Operations Specialist University of Minnesota
PEAK Program Analyst URUS Group
Pharmacy Technician UW Veterinary Teaching Hospital Pharmacy
Professional Formulator Land O Lakes Inc.
R&D Associate Milk Specialties Global
Research associate and Manager of Animal Research Recombinetics
Research Technician American Preclinical Services, LLC
Ruminant Sales & Services Specialist Big Gain Inc.
Scientist, R&D - Product Development The Kraft Heinz Company
Supervisor Chuck & Don's Pet Food & Supplies
Veterinarian VCA Promenade Animal Hosptial
Veterinary Assistant Animal Wellness Center

Where are alumni 10 years after graduation?

Where are alumni 10 years after graduation?

Sampling of job titles and employers 10 years after graduation
Job Title Employer
Associate Veterinarian Belmont Veterinary Center
Associate Veterinarian Pioneer Equine Hosital
Associate Veterinarian Quarry Hill Park Animal Hospital
Associate Veterinarian Rivertown Animal Hospital
Associate Wildlife Biologist and Project Manager Stantec
Customer Service Representative CHS
Dairy Nutrition Consultant Form-A-Feed
Dairy Production Veterinarian Riverview, LLP
Director of Sales Finley's Barkery SBC
Emergency Veterinarian Carolina Veterinary Specialists
Environmental Health Specialist Ramsey County
Hiring Manager Animal Emergecy & Referral Center of Minnesota
Houston Area Medical Doctor THRIVE Affordable Vet Care
Owner Schoene Kuh Dairy
Poultry Extension Educator Penn State University
Relief Keeper Lincoln Children's Zoo
Senior Medical Writer Medtronic
Veterinarian Banfield Pet Hospital
Veterinarian Premier Veterinary Group
Veterinarian Swine Vet Center

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