Career Opportunities for Majors in Animal Science


Animal Science is a popular program for many students enrolled at the Rutgers University, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS).

The campus farm and small-animal facilities are integral to the Animal Science program at Rutgers. Students may enroll in hands-on animal practicums where they learn about the handling, management, feeding, reproduction, physiology, and behavior of dairy heifers, sheep, goats, pigs, horses, and laboratory animals. They also may conduct independent research using state-of-the-art techniques to study integrated physiology of animals at the whole system, cellular, and molecular levels. The curriculum provides students with the scientific knowledge, skills, and experience to be competitive for entry into veterinary, graduate, or medical schools or employment in animal science-related fields. Companies that conduct large and small animal research or develop and market human and animal health products or feeds/supplements provide numerous employment opportunities for our graduates with B.S. degrees. Commercial dairy, horse, and livestock farms, historical agricultural farms, and zoos also provide employment opportunities.

The Animal Sciences major has five (5) different curriculum options available to undergraduate students. These options include: (a) Preveterinary Medicine and Research; (b) Companion Animal Science; (c) Equine Science; (d) Laboratory Animal Science; and (e) Production Animal Science.

While most graduates work in a related occupation and many obtain an advanced degree, others choose another direction. Many careers do not require a specific major but rather a wide range of demonstrated skills and accomplishments. Regardless of your career choices, increase your marketability to employers through internships, responsible work experience, good grades and involvement in college activities.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Animal Behaviorist Extension Agent/Specialist Pet Shop Manager
Animal Breeder Farm Business Manager Pharmacologist
Animal Control Officer Farm Health Inspector Physicial Therapist
Animal Health Technician Farm Manager Physician Assistant
Animal Shelter Manager Farm Technician Product Manager
Artificial Insemination Tech. Forestry Technician Quality Control Specialist
Biologist Horse Trainer Research Asst.
Biology Teacher Industrial Hygenist Research Investigator
Chemist Kennel Owner Safety Specialist
Clinical Researcher Laboratory Technician Sales Representative
Conservation Officer Loan Officer Science Teacher
Dairy Herd Improvement Asst Medical Doctor Veterinarian
Dog Trainer Medical Illustrator Wildlife Biologist
Education Curator Medical Technologist Writer/Author
Embyo Transfer Technician Museum Curator Zookeeper
Endocrinologist Nutritional Consultant
Environmental Specialist Nutritionist

Types of Employers

Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Animal Breeders Pharmaceutical Companies  Historical Farms
Animal Shelters Research Foundations  Hospitals and Veterinary Hospitals
Biotech Companies Wildlife Rehabilitation Groups  Humane Societies
Dairy Industry Zoos  Pharmaceutical companies
Educational Institutions  Animal Shelters  Research Foundations
Equine Industry  Biotech Companies  Scientific Magazines/Journals
Feed Manufacturers  Dairy Industry  Wholesale/Retail Operations
Historical Farms  Educational Institutions  Wildlife Rehabilitation Groups
Hospitals and Veterinary Hospitals  Equine Industry  Zoos
Humane Societies  Feed Manufacturers
Government Agencies
Department of Agriculture Department of Health and Human Services US Food and Drug Administration
Department of Commerce Department of the Interior USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 
Department of Environmental Protection Environmental Protection Agency
Department of Health National Institute of Health

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Animal Science

Information is not available at this time on first jobs obtained from Animal Science

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Animal Science

Pharmaco LSR Animal Care Technician
USDA (MS) Animal Scientist
Rutgers Cook College (PhD) Asst. Dir., NJ Agricultural Exp. Station
Penn State Univ. (PhD Animal Sci.) Asst. Prof
Cornell Medical College (PhD Poultry Sciences) Assoc. Prof./Sr. Embryologist
NJ Dept. of Agric. (VMD) Avian Influenza Coord
Merck (MS) Birdtrainer
Bergen Cty. Zoological Park Education Curator
4-H Horse Program/Ag. Literacy, York County Cooperative Ext. (MS Animal Sci.) Educator
Talmage Farm Agway (MS Animal Sciences) Equine Specialist
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Graduate Schools Attended

Institution Degree Field
Cornell University DVM
Framingham State College M. Ed Educational Administration
Michigan State University MS Educational Media
Purdue University PhD Animal Sciences
Royal Veterinary College - London DVM
Rutgers University MS Animal Sciences
Rutgers University PhD Animal Sciences
St. George's University DVM
Texas A&M University MS Animal Sciences
Univ. of Mass., Dept. of Vet. & Animal Sci PhD
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Postdoctoral & Research Fellows

Jackson Laboratory National Institutes of Health UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
University of Bristol University of Michigan Medical School Yale University School of Medicine

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