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How to Become an Animal Scientist

Do you have an interest in science and want to work with animals?  You might consider becoming an animal scientist.  If you enjoy experimenting, interested in animal nutrition, breeding practices, maintaining healthy animals and conducting all kinds of research, this may be the career for you.  Animal scientists perform a number tasks which include:

  • research animal nutrition, breeding and animal management
  • communicate with animal producers on improving their products and techniques that increase animal production
  • research animal nutritional requirements
  • research feed nutritive values for animals
  • research management practices
  • research processing methods of feed
  • study environmental conditions on quality of animal products
  • develop better feeding, housing, sanitation and disease control of animals
  • study animal selection and breeding practices to improve animal quality and production efficiency
  • animal scientists analyze the genetic makeup of animal populations
  • generate new animal strains by crossbreeding to create desirable traits
  • animal scientists have to keep reports on their activities
  • maintain files of dispositions of animals and impoundments




You’ll need a high school diploma or GED and pass a college entrance exam such as (ACT/SAT) to get into college.  You’ll need to apply to a 4-year university that offers a bachelor’s degree in animal science.  If you wish to go beyond this at a later time, a B.S in Animal Science prepares you for vet school so you might want to keep that in mind.


Courses that you need to take for your bachelor’s degree include biology, food production, chemistry, math, English and education and training.


Biology will teach you about plants and animals and how they interact.  Food production teaches techniques and equipment for planting, growing and harvesting.  You’ll learn about plants and animals for consumption as well as handling and storage procedures.  Chemistry courses will teach you uses of chemicals and their interactions, production techniques, disposal procedures and danger signs.  Math courses will teach you algebra, geometry, calculus and statistics.  Statistics is important for data analysis and report writing.  Education and training teaches you principles and methods for curriculum and training design for teaching instruction for individuals and groups.

Susan Ardizzoni

Susan Ardizzoni

Professor Susan Ardizzoni

Susan has studied at the University of Texas Medical Branch Marine Biomedical Institute in Galveston, Texas and the University of South Florida in Tampa and received a Ph.D. in Biology with a major in Neuroscience and minors in physics and mathematics. Area of research is in brain transplantation and behavior testing with twenty years of teaching experience. Fields of interest include the physical basis of memory and learning, brain repair and regeneration as well as neuro-development. As an educator, has taught thousands of students at the college level in anatomy and physiology, biology, microbiology, marinebiology, nutrition, communications, radiography, ultrasound, mathematics and physics. She enjoys reading current scientific literature and simplifying the material making it readily available to the public.
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