Animal Science

About the Major

An 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. Read more about the major. Visit the Animal Science Website

Common Entry Level Job Titles

  • Animal Research Technician
  • Artificial Insemination Technician
  • Farmer
  • Herd Manager
  • Lab Analyst 
  • Pet Store Manager
  • Production Specialist
  • Sales Representative
  • Quality Assurance Specialist
  • Veterinary Technician 

Types of Employers

  • Animal production facilities
  • Animal nutrition companies
  • Dairy farms
  • Government agencies 
  • Horse breeding/racing industry
  • University laboratories
  • Veterinary clinics 

Alumni Internship and Volunteer Contacts

Search for students' previously completed experiences related to this major (to get ideas- not to get a list of openings) at: z.umn.edu/experiencedatabaseDatabase is updated through Summer 2019 semester only and will be updated yearly.

Your Career Action Plan

In your sophomore or first transer year, you created a unique, 5-item Career Action Plan. How are you doing with it? What's next for you? Review the plan options and get easy access to next steps. 

Salary and Employment Statistics

See the employment and salary page for statistics on the most recent graduates and previous years.

Top Career Resources

  • Animal Science Jobs
    Search job postings in animal science careers, especially in dairy fields across the United States; also includes job postings for numerous other career fields.
  • AgCareers
    National and international job site and detailed career profiles to learn more about career pathways in agriculture (under job seeker resources)
  • Minnesota Department of Agriculture Livestock Resources
    View the list of related Minnesota professional associations on the right side of the page to connect with tailored resources, job postings, and networking opportunities. 
  • Equimax—Horse Industry Employment Service
    Fee based national job listings for the Equine industry. Free articles with career advice are also available. (The St. Paul Campus Career Center does not endorse any fee based services.)
  • AgriGrowth Job Exchange Portal
    Utilize this free job matching site to connect with internships and jobs based on your indvidual skills, interests, and requirements. 
  • American Zoo and Aquarium Association
    Job postings, articles, conferences and resources.
  • American Veterinary Medical Association
    Job postings, articles, conferences and resources related to the field of veterinary medicine.

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