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Animal Science

Animal Science majors have a broad and flexible curriculum. You'll be trained in basic and applied sciences as related to domesticated animals. Read this FAQ to determine if Animal Science is a good match for you.

Animal Science majors choose one of these areas of emphasis:

Award-winning faculty teach Animal Science students about animal breeding, growth, nutrition, physiology, health, reproduction, and genetics. Students can also develop skills in clinical and laboratory procedures, critical and ethical thinking, as well as verbal and written communication, and business management.

Our campus facilities provide hands-on opportunities to work with a variety of animal species, such as dairy and beef cattle, sheep, hogs, and poultry. Companion animal and equine courses offer opportunities to learn directly about these animals through class demonstrations and workshops.

Animal Science graduates are well prepared for careers in industry, government, nonprofits, and education. You might work at an animal-related company, animal pharmaceutical company, research lab, veterinary clinic, farm or production facilities, government agencies, genetics companies, and more. Animal Science majors can also prepare for advanced degrees in veterinary medicine, human medical schools, and other fields.

VetFAST Program: Veterinary Medicine for Food Production Animals
If you're interested in veterinary medicine, consider the U of M's VetFAST Program, which is open to CFANS Animal Science majors. The U of M developed this unique program to meet the high demand for veterinarians who are trained to work with food production animals, such as dairy and beef cattle, swine, poultry, sheep, and goats. The VetFAST Program can allow you to get an admissions decision by the U of M's College of Veterinary Medicine at the end of your first year in college, rather than during your junior or senior year. This enables you to complete your pre-veterinary studies in three years instead of the typical four. In addition, you are exempt from taking the Graduate Record Exam (G.R.E.), and you'll benefit from mentorships with veterinary faculty and students. In VetFAST, you can also participate in summer veterinary and industry work, research projects, and internships. Learn more.

For more information about the Animal Science major, see the Department of Animal Science website.

Academic Planning

For Planning Guides and more, see the department's Animal Science Major page.

University Catalog (current requirements and curriculum)

Animal Science Minor

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Department of Animal Science

Career Info

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Major Coordinator
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