Animal sciences deal with the study of domestic animals, researching the structure, development, way of life and their relationship with the environment. The focus of the animal sciences discipline is to offer knowledge about breeding, growth, improvement and exploitation of domestic animals. Animal sciences study improvement methods that ensure proper nutrition (feeding), breeding, conservation and preservation of livestock.
The animal sciences discipline integrates theories and concepts from biology, chemistry, agriculture and veterinary medicine.
Courses include topics on domestic animal biology, animal genetics, immunology in animal health and disease, animals in biomedical research, and more.
Students in animal sciences programmes are able to combine and analyse knowledge from biochemistry, anatomy and genetics with concepts from economy, management, or marketing. They will also develop skills on how to design, organise and manage animal farms and animal production processes in all species of domestic animals. Animal scientists will learn computer skills as they have to analyse data and make use of statistical techniques.
Graduates may find job opportunities in a wide range of areas including: animal breeding, food and fibre production, animal behaviour and welfare, biotechnology, etc. They can engage in jobs like animal scientist, livestock manager, pet breeder, dog trainer and more.Read more