Animal Sciences

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Animal science provides an in-depth focus on whole-animal biology and contributes to advances in livestock and poultry production, animal health and human nutrition and health through cutting-edge research and direct application of that new knowledge. As an animal scientist, you can apply the latest in genetics, computational biology, physiology, nutrition and meat science to any of these diverse fields. As the human population and the need for food grows, animal scientists will continue to play a critical role in increasing food production.

Career Opportunities

Prepare for your career with a whole-animal approach to your science background and gain industry knowledge while earning your animal sciences degree from Mizzou’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

This degree will prepare you for a variety of careers, including:

  • Reproduction Research
  • Veterinary School
  • Animal Nutritionist
  • Livestock Production
  • Livestock and Poultry Sales
  • Equine Breeding and Management
  • Zookeeper
  • Animal Health and Pharmaceuticals
  • Meat Processing

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Animal Sciences Research CenterAgribusiness

Our graduates are in demand to fill sales and management positions with feed and pharmaceutical companies such as Land O’Lakes, MFA, Zoetis and Elanco.

Veterinary Medicine

Prepare for veterinary medical school with this degree. Some veterinary medicine students specialize in care for companion animals, such as dogs and cats, while others focus on livestock, horses or wildlife.

Animal Products

Students with a specific interest in meat, dairy products and eggs are in high demand for positions with companies such as Farmland, Hormel, Hy-Vee and Sam’s Club.

Livestock Production

If you prefer to work directly with animals, many graduates find positions as managers in various agriculture companies, such as Tyson Foods, Smithfield, Cargill and others.

Equine Industry

Focus on the science behind equine management and find a career at prominent equine breeding, sales or training facilities throughout the United States. Students have multiple opportunities to work with horses in the animal sciences program.

Student with pig

Previous Internship Highlights

Industry: JBS NA, Cargill, Seaboard Foods, Smithfield Farmland, Nestle Purina PetCare

Veterinary: Horton Animal Hospital, Kentucky Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center, Rolling Hills Vet Hospital, Sunshine Animal Hospital

Zoos: American Bald Eagle Foundation, Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary, Grant’s Farm, San Diego Zoo, Kansas City Zoo, St. Louis Zoo, Dickerson Park Zoo

Equine: Jumping Horse Stock Ranch, Lazy E Ranch, Mountain Lake Equestrian

Core Areas of Study

  • Animal Nutrition
  • Genetics
  • Animal Physiology
  • Production and Management
  • Reproductive Management
  • Breeding Management

Major requirements for Animal Sciences degree

Courses for Animal Sciences degree

Download the degree program overview (PDF)

Related Minor

A minor in captive wild animal management can supplement an animal sciences degree.

Through coursework in animal, fisheries and wildlife, and biological sciences, you will learn to combine conservation, management and scientific principles to provide the background for a career in the care of wild animals.

Check out additional minor opportunities

Clubs & Organizations

  • Block & Bridle
  • Pre-Vet Club
  • Swine Club
  • Dairy Club