Animal Health Sciences

Earning a degree in animal health sciences prepares you to work as a veterinary technologist. Continue reading to learn about educational requirements, salaries and job duties in this field.

Inside Animal Health Sciences

Animal lovers seeking higher education may consider studying animal health science, training to become veterinary technologists. Veterinary technologists may play a major role in the healthcare of pets, livestock or zoo animals. They often use technical equipment to treat sick or injured animals, and function as an assistant to the veterinarian.

Education Information

Individuals drawn to the veterinary technology profession may enroll in a 4-year bachelor's program in animal health science. The American Veterinary Medical Association accredits animal health science programs. A program may be offered with concentrations, such as science or business. Some veterinary schools may accept a bachelor's in animal health science as acceptable preparation to enter a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program. Students enrolled in a bachelor's in animal health science may take courses in surgical assisting, anesthesiology, pharmacology, radiography, animal nutrition, chemistry and biology.

Graduates of a bachelor's in animal health science may continue their education by taking a Master of Science in Animal Health Science. Students take core courses and labs in research design, management of disease in poultry and environmental influences on animal health. Electives may include animal breeding, nutrition and physiology, cellular pathobiology, environmental toxicology, clinical techniques, specimen preparation and immunology principles. If you believe that working in the animal health science field is right for you, read the following articles for more information about educational options.

Distance Learning

Online degrees at the bachelor's and graduate levels are uncommon as a result of the hands-on nature of the training. Students may find related online associate's degrees and courses. Review the links below for more information about online learning programs.

Career Options

One option for a graduate of an undergraduate degree in animal health science is to become a veterinarian technologist. Those who complete a graduate program may become researchers in areas including food safety, biotechnology and reproductive physiology. The articles below are about various careers related to animal health science. Some careers may require a master's degree.

Employment Outlook and Salary Information

The BLS predicted jobs for veterinarian technologists and technicians would grow 30% from 2012-2022. In 2013, veterinary technologists earned an average annual wage of $31,760.

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