More and more, Animal Science professionals are committed to devising innovative solutions to the challenges posed by a growing world population with changing patterns of diet, a finite amount of farmland, and changing climatic conditions. Animal Scientists study the feeding, breeding, and management of domestic animals, particularly those of agricultural significance. This field of science encompasses subjects ranging from herd genetics and high-performance diets to animal vaccines and environmentally-sound animal management, with a focus on transferring this knowledge into practice.
Areas of emphasis in the program include physiology, genetics, nutrition, feed processing, animal behaviour and welfare, sustainable production systems and management, pasture management, and forage production. This program prepares students for careers serving the animal agri-food industry.
Students interested in veterinary medicine can complete all required courses in the first two years of the Animal Science Program. Please see the College of Agriculture & Bioresources website for details. In addition, please see WCVM Admissions for further information on D.V.M. Admissions.