What can I do with my degree in Animal Science?
The occupations listed below are a selection of those which may interest Animal Science students and graduates.
Nature Conservation Officer
Nature conservation officers oversee the protection and maintenance of local grasslands, woods, moors, mountains and marine habitats.
Animal nutritionists advise on the dietary requirements of animals.
Animal technicians care for animals in laboratories/research facilities.
Assistance Dog Trainer
Assistance dog trainers instruct dogs on how to carry out tasks and alerts that will help people with a disability such as visual impairment, hearing difficulties or being susceptible to seizures.
Countryside rangers supervise and protect wild areas and allow public entry to wild landscapes and animal habitats. Job profile of countryside ranger from the National Careers Service website
Dog handlers prevent and detect crime by working with trained dogs.
Farriers look after horses' feet and the maintenance of horseshoes.
Horse grooms are responsible for the needs, welfare and condition of horses.
Horse Riding Instructors
Horse riding instructors train others to ride horses.
Ornithologists study all aspects of birds, including the ecology and conservation of their habitats, behaviour and also classification.
Pet Behaviour Counsellor
Pet behaviour counsellors advise and offer solutions to pet owners on how to cope and compensate for destructive behavioural problems in animals, such as excessive barking, aggression towards others or phobias.
Riding Holiday Centre Manager
Riding holiday centre managers are responsible for the centre staff, customers, activities, health and safety and operations.
Riding Holiday Leader
Riding holiday leaders guide and supervise treks on horseback.
Veterinary nurses provide nursing support for veterinary surgeons when caring for sick or injured animals.
Veterinary Surgeons provide medical treatment for animals. There are a limited number of places on veterinary degrees for people who have already completed degrees in other subjects. Check entry requirements and funding arrangements carefully.
Zookeepers care for animals in captivity.
Zoologists are responsible for studying, researching and educating others on animals.
Fish farmers breed and grow fish (and shellfish) for the food industry.
Science writers compose print and online scientific articles, papers, company reports, journals and press releases for business, professional, technical and specialist publications.
Farm managers are responsible for managing all of the activities of a farm, from overseeing animal/crop production to looking after the finances and staff.
Animal Care Worker
Animal care workers ensure the welfare of animals in kennels, catteries and wildlife sanctuaries by feeding them, cleaning their enclosures, grooming and exercising them as well as checking for signs of illness/injury.
Environmental Education Officer
Environmental education officers raise awareness of conservation and sustainability through giving talks, teaching programmes to schools, families or community groups, leading guided walks, collating scientific data, recruiting volunteers, generating fundraising activities, and also organising promotion through leaflets, newsletters and websites.
Further/Higher Education Lecturer
Further education lecturers mainly teach at sixth form and adult education colleges. Higher education lecturers primarily teach undergraduate and postgraduate university students.
Equine dentists specialise in the health, growth, maintenance and correction of horses’ teeth.
Ecologists study ecosystems and conduct field surveys, undertake environmental impact assessments and advise on habitat management.
Environmental consultants advise organisations on a range of environmental issues so that they can comply with the law and reduce any effects their operations may have on the environment.
Field Trials Officer
Field trials officers prepare and monitor research trials through on-site and/or laboratory experiments on animals or plants.
RSPCA inspectors respond to concerns of cruelty against animals that often involves rescue, medical treatment, advising owners on proper care or perhaps issuing warnings/prosecuting people.
Marine scientists study different aspects of the ocean including marine life and environmental issues.
Toxicologists measure the effect that toxic substances have on animals, plants or ecosystems, and how harmful chemicals, biological agents and drug overdose may impact humans.
Agricultural consultants provide business, technical and scientific advice and assessment services to farmers and the public sector.
Veterinary physiotherapists are responsible for treating pets, working animals, farm and/or zoo animals with injuries, pain or movement problems by planning exercise programmes and using massage and therapy techniques.
Please note that some of these careers may require further study.
For further information on these careers, see also:
- I Want To Work In
- Information on types of jobs from Prospects
- Information on career sectors from TargetJobs
People in some Animal Science roles may be self-employed
Thank you to Prospects for the content on these pages.
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