Animal Sciences

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of 2019 graduates who applied were accepted into the MU veterinary medicine program

Animal sciences focuses on whole-animal biology, applying the latest in genetics, computational biology, physiology, nutrition and meat science to livestock production, animal health and human nutrition through cutting-edge research and direct application of new knowledge.

Career Opportunities

Earn your animal sciences degree and prepare for careers including:

  • Agribusiness. Our graduates are in demand to fill sales and management positions with feed and pharmaceutical companies.
  • Veterinary Medicine. Prepare for veterinary medical school by focusing on companion animals or livestock, horses or wildlife.
  • Animal Products. Students with a specific interest in meat, dairy products and poultry work for meat producers and grocery companies.
  • Livestock Production. If you prefer to work directly with animals, many graduates find positions as managers in various agriculture companies.
  • Equine Industry. Focus on the science behind equine management to work in equine breeding, sales or training facilities.

Career Possibilities Include

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

Internships & Employment

  • Sinclair Research
  • US Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • Cactus Family Farms
  • Columbia Equestrian Center
  • Deerfield Veterinary Hospital
  • EAG Laboratories
  •  Full Circle Dairy LLC
  • Gatson Farms
  • Indianapolis Zoo
  • Memphis Zoo
  • American Angus Association
  • Pipestone Systems
  • Seaboard Foods
  • JBS, Inc.

Hands-On Learning

As an animal sciences student, your chances to gain hands-on experience through research and internships are almost limitless.

  • Learning Labs. In CAFNR, you can dive into real-world experiences by working at our beef, swine, horse, poultry or dairy research centers. Opportunities also exist through our meats lab and market, laboratory animal facilities and feed mill, as well as at research centers across Missouri. These services showcase the College’s signature research, education and outreach programs while providing experience for our students.
  • Internships. Pursue an internship to provide real-world work experience. Work for an agribusiness, veterinary clinic, livestock farm, zoo, or company focusing on pharmaceuticals, genetics or nutrition.

Classes You Might Take

Signature Experience

One of the many unique experiences available for animal sciences students are signature study abroad programs. Learn about swine production in China, wildlife in Australia, horses in Scotland and grazing animals in Ireland.

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

Current Student Q&A

Q&A with Kaija Caldwell, animal sciences