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What Can I Do With This Major for Majors in Animal Science



The Animal Science major is designed for students who have an interest in veterinary science, biological research, animal production and management, biomedical/pharmaceutical research, equine science, and companion animal products and services. The program offers five options: Pre-veterinary Medicine/Research, Lab Animal Science, Equine Science, Production Animal Science, and Companion Animal Science. An Animal Science degree can prepare students for a wide range of careers in industry, government, the nonprofit sector, and education. This degree also provides a foundation for graduate study in such fields as life sciences, veterinary and human medicine, and related health disciplines.

While most Animal Science graduates work in a related occupation, others choose fields that do not require a specific major but rather a wide range of demonstrated skills and accomplishments. Regardless of your career choice, increase your marketability to employers through internships, cooperative education placements, related work/volunteer experiences, good grades, advanced coursework/study abroad, and 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 Plant Sanitation Specialist
Artificial Insemination Tech. Forestry Technician Product Manager
Biologist Horse Trainer Quality Control Specialist
Biology Teacher Industrial Hygenist Racetrack Publicist
Chemist Kennel Owner Research Asst.
Clinical Researcher Laboratory Technician Research Investigator
Conservation Officer Loan Officer Safety Specialist
Dairy Herd Improvement Asst Medical Doctor Sales Representative
Dog Trainer Medical Illustrator Science Teacher
Education Curator Medical Technologist Veterinarian
Embyo Transfer Technician Museum Curator Wildlife Biologist
Endocrinologist Nutritional Consultant Writer/Author
Environmental Specialist Nutritionist Zookeeper

Types of Employers


Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Animal Breeders Equine Industry Pharmaceutical Companies
Animal Shelters Feed Manufacturers Research Foundations
Biotech Companies Historical Farms Wildlife Rehabilitation Groups
Dairy Industry Hospitals and Veterinary Hospitals Zoos
Educational Institutions Humane Societies .


Government Agencies
Department of Agriculture Department of Health Environmental Protection Agency
Department of Commerce Department of Health and Human Services .
Department of Environmental Protection Department of the Interior .

Internships Obtained by Rutgers Students


Organization Job Title
Concord Stud Farm Foaling Intern

Edison Wetlands Associaton Triple C Ranch Intern

4 PAWS ANIMAL HOSPITAL Veterinary Technician

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates


First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Animal Science
Organization Job Title


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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