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Study animal science abroad

An in-depth guide to studying animal science as an international student.

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Animal science degrees abroad

Studying a degree in animal science is the perfect choice for anyone who dreams of working with animals. It covers a range of scientific areas including animal biology, physiology, biochemistry, nutrition and genetics to help understand and improve things like farm management and animal health and welfare.

Animal science shares similarities with programs like zoology, but is mainly concerned with domestic animals, including livestock and pets, and also covers elements of agriculture. Many animal science degrees will see you working hands-on with animals during field trips or residencies at a farm.

Choosing to study animal science gives you a great opportunity to learn how a different country and culture approaches the subject. Domesticated and farm animals can be very different in different countries, so you’ll be able to learn about, and interact with, animals you might not see at home.

Animal science program structure

There are animal science programs available abroad at all levels of study, including bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate. At undergraduate level you can study a bachelor of science (BSc), which will take between three and four years depending on the country. Some programs include a year abroad and include trips to give you first-hand experience of working with animals.

Some universities, particularly in the UK, offer MSci degrees that are available at undergraduate level which are taught over four years and include an integrated master’s qualification.

If you already have a bachelor’s degree, you can study a traditional master’s degree in animal science over one or two years, or you can also get a PhD or DPhil following at least three years of full-time research.

Most programs will include optional or elective modules you can choose, which means you can choose the direction of your degree. For example, you might be able to focus on ecology and conservation, livestock production or animal physiology.

The animal science program content and curriculum can be quite different depending on the country or university you’re attending, but here’s some of the topics can expect to cover:

  • Animal biology
  • Animal anatomy
  • Animal physiology
  • Animal nutrition
  • Animal behavior
  • Biochemistry
  • Animal husbandry
  • Reproduction and development
  • Genetics and genomics
  • Livestock production

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Animal science study abroad programs

Animal science undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in animal science

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    Animal Science - BSc
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    27,000 USD
    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Animal, Dairy & Poultry Sciences - Animal Science - BSc
    Louisiana State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    28,700 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Animal Science - BSc
    University of Vermont, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    41,280 USD
    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Animal Science - BSAG
    University of Saskatchewan, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    19,929 CAD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Agriculture Animal Science (Pre-Vet) - BA/BSc
    Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,929 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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Diploma in animal science

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    Animal Health Technology - Dip
    Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,375 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Certificate in animal science

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    Animal Science - Cert
    Royal Agricultural University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    10,000 GBP
    Start date
    June, September
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Animal science graduate programs

Master's in animal science

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    Animal Science - MSc
    American University of Beirut, Lebanon

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    28,950 LL
    Start date
    January, August
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    Agricultural Science, Animal Science, Thesis Option - MSc
    Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    23,281 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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Future animal science careers

A degree in animal science is an ideal qualification if you want a career working with animals, especially in farming. Popular roles for animal science graduates include:

  • Farm/livestock manager
  • Livestock nutritionist
  • Environmental health officer
  • Gamekeeper
  • Sales representative
  • Zookeeper
  • Animal technician
  • Veterinary nurse

As an animal science graduate you’ll also have a number of transferable skills that could lead to careers in research, consultancy or banking and finance.

If you know what career you want to pursue after graduation, make sure you check the program content matches your aspirations.