UGA Specific Information for Animal Science

The animal science curriculum is designed to provide technical and applied instruction in the biological, physical, and economic aspects of beef, swine, sheep, and horse production. It includes the selection, breeding, nutrition, reproduction, growth, biotechnology, and management of livestock in the production of meat and milk, or of horses as work or companion animals. Courses of a more basic nature may be emphasized by students who desire careers in science-related fields or who wish to pursue graduate or professional study. This major is highly recommended for persons wishing to enter a program of study in veterinary medicine.

Class of 2019 Career Outcomes for Animal Science*

** Includes Self-Employed

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ASPCA Careers with Animals

Veterinarian To become a veterinarian you’ll need to: 

  • Go through 4 years of college taking essentially pre-med courses like biology, physics, chemistry, and mathematics. You’ll also need to take some animal related courses like animal biology, animal nutrition, zoology, etc.
  • Go through 4 years of veterinary school. Competition for entry is very tough. Schools will look for animal related experience like working with a vet in clinics or research or working on a farm, stable, or animal shelter, as well as very good grades.
  • For certain types of veterinary medicine a one-year internship is required, for others an additional 2-3 year residency is required. 

Veterinary Technician

A Veterinary Technician is very much like a nurse. A vet tech helps a veterinarian take care of patients. To become a vet tech you’ll need to:

  • Graduate from a vet tech program, which is usually an Associates Degree (AA), and pass a state certification exam.
  • Vet techs can work wherever veterinarians work- in animal hospitals, shelters, farms, etc. 

Wildlife Rehabilitator

Another career that involves helping animals heal and recuperate is a wildlife rehabilitator. A wildlife rehabilitator takes in wild animals that are injured, sick, or orphaned and provides medical and supportive care. To become a wildlife rehabilitator you will need to:

  • Take courses and seminars to learn how to care for injured, sick, or orphaned wildlife
  • Complete appropriate coursework established by wildlife rehabilitation associations for certification
  • Obtain state and federal permits to handle wildlife.
  • Wildlife Rehabilitators can work at animal shelters, wildlife refuges, or independently

Animal Behaviorist/Animal Trainer

An animal trainer is someone that either trains animals, or teaches a person how to train their own pet to do a variety of things.

  • There are no educational standards or licensing requirements for animal trainers. There are training programs, internships, and apprenticeships. There are also voluntary certifications.
  • Animal behaviorists often hold advanced degrees in animal sciences and behavioral principles. Most have Ph.D.’s. An animal behaviorist will often deal with behavior problems in animals (e.g.; separation anxiety, compulsive behaviors, etc).

Humane Educator

Humane Educators teach others about animals, their needs, their abilities, and try to instill a respect and reverence for all life.

  • To be a humane educator a background in education is certainly helpful, but not necessary. An ability to speak in public, to teach others, and a love for children and animals is also helpful.
  • Many humane educators are volunteers or employees of humane organizations, like the ASPCA. Some work with other animals, usually small animals or very well trained dogs. 


A lobbyist is someone who tries to influence legislators to pass bills in their area of special interest. For example, one of the things the ASPCA Government Affairs Department does is lobby. Getting a bill through the senate and assembly takes work by lobbyists whose “special interest” is animal issues.

  • Most lobbyists are lawyers. To become a lawyer, one must go through four years of college and earn a bachelors degree, go through the three years of law school and earn a law degree (J.D.-jurist doctor).
  • After graduating from law school, to practice law is any state you need to be admitted to the bar or licensed in that state. This will require passing a written “bar examination” and in many states a written ethics examination.


Zoology can be both a basic and an applied science. A basic scientist in this case is one who is curious about living things and does not consider whether the information is immediately useful. An applied scientist is one who applies this knowledge for the betterment of humans and other animals. (e.g., interest in the mating habits of fruit flies vs. uses info about panda mating habits to try to increase the likelihood that pandas will mate therefore increasing their numbers.)

  • If you have not already guessed, becoming a zoologist involves a strong interest in animals and a lot of school. A graduate degree (masters or doctorate) will be required

Marine Biologist

Becoming a marine biologist is also a graduate school endeavor. Job competition can be fierce.

  • Marine biologists can work in a variety of settings. International, federal, state and local government agencies hire marine scientists for positions in research, education, management, and legal and policy development.
  • Industries like oil and gas exploration and fishing companies hire marine biologists. Environmental advocacy and animal welfare organizations may also hire marine biologists. Also aquariums, zoo, and museums may hire marine biologists.

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The information below represents employers and position titles from the Class of 2019 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.

Employer Position Title(s)
Animal Medical Clinic Technician/Helper
Atlanta Arthritis Center Medical Assistant
Cargill Operations Management Associate
Classic City Clydesdales Farm Hand
Dublin Downs/Sandy Cross Eventing Barn Manager/Rider
Emanuel County School District 1st Grade Teacher
Enterprise Rent-A-Car Management Trainee
JCB Construction Equipment Leadership Development Associate
Kentucky Equine Research Research Intern
Pfizer Environmental Monitoring Analyst
Shoal Creek Animal Clinic Veterinary Tech Assistant
Silverthorn Farm Barn Hand
South Athens Animal Clinic Veterinary Assistant
Southeastern Land Group, Inc Land Agent
SponsorUnited Sport Sponsorship Scout
Stella Boutique Marketing Manager
University of Georgia Program Assistant - Agriculture and Natural Resources Department
* denotes no responses received.
*Source: Areas above marked with an Asterisk (*) have been created utilizing data taken from the UGA Career Outcomes Survey. The "Employers Hiring...," "Job Titles of...," "Career Outcomes for...," and "Graduate/Professional Schools and Programs..." information listed above represent UGA Class of 2019 Graduates. The lists are not exhaustive and therefore do not represent all potential career options. Click here for more detailed Career Outcomes information regarding this major.


Graduate School Program(s)
Abraham Baldwin College Biology, AS
Auburn University Animal Sciences, Degree Not Specified
Johns Hopkins University Environmental Health, MHS
Mercer University Physical Therapy, DPT
North Carolina State University Veterinary Medicine, DVM
St. George's University Veterinary Medicine, DVM
Texas A&M University Biomedical Sciences, Degree Not Specified
University College Dublin Veterinary Medicine, DVM
University of Georgia Animal and Dairy Science, MS; Animal Science, MS; Comparative Biomedical Science, MS; Integrated Life Sciences, PhD; Master of Agricultural and Environmental Education, MAEE; Veterinary Medicine, DVM; Veterinary Medicine (Veterinary Medical Scientist Training Program), DVM/PhD
Wageningen University & Research Animal Breeding and Genomics, MSc
* denotes no responses received.