Top Schools for Animal Science

Learn about degree programs in animal science, which can lead to a career in agricultural management or production. See 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. View article »

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School Information

The top schools for animal science degree programs span the country and provide various specializations in the field. Learn more about these top schools and what sets their programs apart from the rest.

Undergraduate programs in animal science can be found at each of the four schools profiled, which include one land-grant and three public universities. Students at Cornell University can also pursue a graduate program in animal science. These schools were chosen based on their program selection and specializations in the field.

Cornell University

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

Cornell University in Ithaca, NY is a land-grant university that ranked 15th on U.S. News & World Report's list of best national universities for 2017. 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. Course 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.

University of Florida

School Highlight: The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Florida offers three specializations in its Animal Science program: animal biology, equine, and food animal.

Located in in Gainesville, FL, the University of Florida is a public institution that ranked 50th among national universities in 2017, according to U.S. News & 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 how they're cared for when they need medical attention. Undergraduates enrolled in the food animal program study business practices, food sales, and farm animal management.

University of Georgia

School Highlight: This school offers a fast-track option to the UGA vet school from the bachelor's degree.

The University of Georgia in Athens, GA, another public institution, ranked 56th on U.S. News & World Report's list of best national universities for 2017. 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 economic 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.

Abraham Baldwin

School Highlight: Offers both associate's and bachelor's degree programs related to animal science.

At Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, GA, students can pursue various undergraduate degrees from the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources in areas like livestock production and wildlife resource management. Students will study the business side of agriculture as well as the animal care side. The bachelor's degree program in agriculture includes an experiential learning experience, and the associate's degree program in diversified agriculture includes an internship.

Top Animal Science Programs

Here we will discuss other top animal science programs and what sets them apart:

School Name Location Distinction
Alabama A & M University Normal, AL Department of Food and Animal sciences offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the field
Fort Valley State University Fort Valley, GA Graduate program offers specializations in animal products technology, animal nutrition and forages, and animal reproductive physiology and cell biology
North Carolina A & T State University Greensboro, NC Has a 13,263 square foot animal facility for experiential learning
Sul Ross State University Alpine, TX Offers a Master of Science in Animal Science program either in-residence or online
Texas A&M University College Station, TX Home to the 120-Acre Horse Center complete with a barn, office area, breeding barn, nutrition barn, hay barn, and pasture areas
University of California - Davis Davis, CA Home to the Center for Animal Welfare; this facility has the goal of improving the quality of life for animals

Students interested in attending a school for animal science can find a variety of undergraduate and/or graduate programs in the field, including some at top-ranking institutions. Some of the top schools offering these programs include Cornell University, the University of Florida, and the University of Georgia.

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