Top Schools for Animal Science

Read about degree programs in animal science, which can lead to a career in agricultural management or production. Learn what three top-notch universities have to offer in terms of degree and course options, and use the table at the end of the resource to find other schools with programs in animal science.

School Information

Undergraduate programs in animal science can be found at each of the three schools profiled below, which include one land-grant and two public universities. Students at Cornell University can also pursue a graduate program in animal science.

1. Cornell University in Ithaca, NY

School Highlight: Many faculty members of Cornell University's Animal Science department have received national or international awards.

Cornell University is a land-grant university that ranked 15th on U.S. News and World Report's list of best national universities for 2015. The university's major in animal science, which may be of interest to aspiring veterinarians, teaches students about farm cattle, house pets and exotic animals. Topics include average life spans, animal management and nutrition, as well as the many factors that affect the health and well-being of domestic animals and livestock. A graduate degree in the same field of study is also available; students at both levels of study may be prepared for a career in animal biology or animal production and management.

2. University of Florida in Gainesville

School Highlight: The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Florida offers three specializations in their Animal Science program: Animal Biology, Equine and Food Animal.

The University of Florida is a public institution that ranked 48th among national universities in 2015, according to U.S. News and World Report. The university's College of Agricultural and Life Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science in Animal Biology; majors in equine or food animal studies are also available. Through the animal biology major, students discover how various animals live and are cared for when they need medical attention. Undergraduates enrolled in the food animal program study business practices, food sales and farm animal management.

3. University of Georgia in Athens

School Highlight: Offers fast-track option to UGA vet school from the BSA degree

The University of Georgia, another public institution, ranked 62 on U.S. News and World Report's list of best national university for 2015. At the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, students can pursue a bachelor's degree program in animal science, through which they'll learn about the biological, physical and economical aspects of animal production. In particular, students will work with sheep, swine and other livestock, as well as horses. Qualified graduates may obtain positions as livestock producers, farm managers or animal science specialists.

Top Animal Science Degree Programs

School Name Distinction Location
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Associate's degree program offered Tifton, GA
Alabama A & M University Department of Food and Animal sciences undergraduate and graduate degree programs Normal, AL
Fort Valley State University Graduate program offers specializations in animal products technology, animal nutrition and forages and animal reproductive physiology and cell biology. Fort Valley, GA
North Carolina A & T State University Has as 13,263 square foot animal facility for experiential learning. Greensboro, NC
Sul Ross State University Offers a Master of Science in Animal Science program either in-residence or online Alpine, TX
Texas A&M University 120-Acre Horse Center complete with a barn, office area, breeding barn, nutrition barn, hay barn, and pasture areas College Station, TX
University of California - Davis Home to the Center for Animal Welfare, a facility with the goal of improving the quality of life for animals Davis, CA

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