Animal scientists are categorized as agricultural and food scientists in the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook. Individuals with this training research ways to improve the efficiency and safety of agricultural establishments and products. Animal scientists need at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited postsecondary institution, although many get advanced degrees. The median annual wage for agricultural and food scientists was $62,910 in May 2017. Overall employment of agricultural and food scientists is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
Veterinarians care for the health of animals and work to improve public health. They diagnose, treat, and research medical conditions and diseases of pets, livestock, and other animals. Veterinarians must have a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from an accredited veterinary college, as well as a state license. The median annual wage for veterinarians was $90,420 in May 2017. Employment of veterinarians is projected to grow 19 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Overall job prospects are expected to be very good.
Approximately $20,000 in annual scholarships are awarded by the Department each year. Please visit the scholarship page here for more details.
The Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences encourages its students to take advantage of the many experiences offered by the departmental student organizations and teams. Clubs are a great way to develop leadership skills and to learn about the various animal industries. Visit the organizations page here to find out more.
The ADS curriculum is designed to provide students with academic and experiential learning while also allowing them flexibility to tailor their program by taking courses that best prepare and support their professional goals. See our full course list here.
A minor in Animal and Dairy Sciences would provide an opportunity for students to enhance their undergraduate training and build a platform that will set themselves above their peers upon graduation as they seek permanent employment in their respective industry. Click here for more information.