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Schools with Animal Husbandry Programs: How to Choose

Animal husbandry is the practice of caring for and breeding agricultural livestock, such as cattle, swine or horses. Keep reading to find out what you should keep in mind when choosing an animal husbandry program, and to view some animal husbandry programs offered in U.S. schools.

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Animal husbandry is often called animal science or animal management, and programs are available at the undergraduate and graduate levels. These programs emphasize topics such as animal health, nutrition, diseases and evaluation.

10 Schools with Animal Husbandry Programs

The following schools offer animal husbandry programs:

University/College Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)*
Alabama A&M University Normal, Alabama 4-year, Public Bachelor's $9,366 In-state
$17,136 Out-of-state
Berry College Mount Berry, Georgia 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's $31,966
Brigham Young University-Idaho Rexburg, Idaho 4-year, Private not-for-profit Associate's
Bachelor's
$3,830
Casper College Casper, Wyoming 2-year, Public Associate's $2,640 In-state
$6,624 Out-of-state
Cornell University Ithaca, New York 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
$49,116
Iowa State University Ames, Iowa 4-year, Public Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
$7,736 In-state
$20,856 Out-of-state
Montana State University Bozeman, Montana 4-year, Public Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
$6,849 In-state
$22,081 Out-of-state
Odessa College Odessa, Texas 2-year, Public Associate's $2,580 In-district
$3,900 In-state
$5,160 Out-of-state
Santa Fe College Gainesville, Florida 4-year, primarily associate's, Public Associate's $2,539 In-district
$2,541 In-state
$9,189 Out-of-state
Texas State University San Marcos, Texas 4-year, Public Bachelor's $9,348 In-state
$20,268 Out-of-state

Source: *NCES College Navigator

School Selection Criteria

Students interested in studying animal husbandry can find programs at community colleges and 4-year colleges and universities. Remember these things as you pick an animal husbandry school:

  • Students interested in a career in animal husbandry should make sure their school offers hands-on courses in topics like livestock grading and evaluation, animal management and artificial reproduction.
  • Many schools offer animal science programs with a specialized focus, such as a certificate program in cattle, dairy or swine management.
  • Students should consider their career goals, such as becoming a veterinarian or managing a dairy farm, and choose a program that will help them prepare.

Certificate in Animal Management

Commonly designed for those looking for immediate job placement on farms, vocational certificate programs can take 6-18 months of full- or part-time study to complete. Some programs offer cooperative work experience opportunities.

Associate's Degree in Animal Science

Associate degree programs involve two years of skills courses, fieldwork and academic instruction in industry-specific areas. Some associate degree programs may also offer sponsored internships.

Bachelor of Science in Animal Science

Baccalaureate degree programs in animal science may focus on all areas of the livestock production industry, including business models and marketing. Some animal science programs take a more academic approach, requiring additional advanced courses in the natural sciences and preparing the student for graduate veterinary study. Several schools offer extracurricular clubs, intern or study abroad opportunities, teaching assistantships or research projects.

Students looking to study animal husbandry will want to look for a school that offers ample opportunity for hands-on experience working with animals. They will also need to consider their career goals and find a program that offers a specialization in an appropriate area.

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