Careers and Employability Service

What can I do with my degree in Animal Science?

Job roles

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.
Job profile of nature conservation officer from the Prospects website
Job profile of a countryside officer from the National Careers Service website

Animal Nutritionist

Animal nutritionists advise on the dietary requirements of animals.
Job profile of an animal nutritionist from the Prospects website

Animal Technician

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.
Job profile of an assistance dog trainer from the National Careers Service website

Countryside Ranger

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 Handler

Dog handlers prevent and detect crime by working with trained dogs.
Job profile of a dog handler from the National Careers Service website

Farrier

Farriers look after horses' feet and the maintenance of horseshoes.
Job profile of a farrier from the National Careers Service website

Horse Groom

Horse grooms are responsible for the needs, welfare and condition of horses.
Job profile of a horse groom from the National Careers Service website

Horse Riding Instructors

Horse riding instructors train others to ride horses.  
Job profile of a horse riding instructor from the National Careers Service website

Ornithologist

Ornithologists study all aspects of birds, including the ecology and conservation of their habitats, behaviour and also classification.
Job profile of an ornithologist from the National Careers Service website

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.
Job profile of a pet behaviour counsellor from the National Careers Service website

Riding Holiday Centre Manager

Riding holiday centre managers are responsible for the centre staff, customers, activities, health and safety and operations.
Job profile of a riding holiday centre manager from the National Careers Service website

Riding Holiday Leader

Riding holiday leaders guide and supervise treks on horseback. 
Job profile of a riding holiday leader from the National Careers Service website

Veterinary Nurse

Veterinary nurses provide nursing support for veterinary surgeons when caring for sick or injured animals.
Job profile of a veterinary nurse from the National Careers Service website

Veterinary Surgeon

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.
Veterinary surgeon career information from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
Job profile of a veterinary surgeon from the Prospects website

Zookeeper

Zoologist

Zoologists are responsible for studying, researching and educating others on animals.
Job profile of a zoologist from the National Careers Service website

Fish Farmer

Fish farmers breed and grow fish (and shellfish) for the food industry.
Job profile of a fish farmer from the National Careers Service website

Science Writer

Science writers compose print and online scientific articles, papers, company reports, journals and press releases for business, professional, technical and specialist publications.
Job profile of a science writer from the Prospects website

Farm Manager

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.
Job profile of a farm manager from the Prospects website

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.
Job profile of animal care worker from the National Careers Service website

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.
Job profile of an environmental education officer from the Prospects website

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.
Job profile of a further education teacher from the Prospects website
Job profile of a higher education lecturer from the Prospects website

Equine Dentist

Equine dentists specialise in the health, growth, maintenance and correction of horses’ teeth.
The British Association of Equine Dental Technicians

Ecologist

Ecologists study ecosystems and conduct field surveys, undertake environmental impact assessments and advise on habitat management.
Job profile of an ecologist from the Prospects website

Environmental Consultant

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.
Job profile of an environmental consultant from the Prospects website

Field Trials Officer

Field trials officers prepare and monitor research trials through on-site and/or laboratory experiments on animals or plants.
Job profile of a field trials officer from the Prospects website

RSPCA Inspector

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.
Job profile of a RSPCA inspector from the National Careers Service website
Information on becoming an RSPCA inspector from the RSPCA website

Marine Scientist

Marine scientists study different aspects of the ocean including marine life and environmental issues.
Job profile of a marine scientist from the Prospects website

Toxicologist

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.
Job profile of a toxicologist from the Prospects website

Agricultural Consultants

Agricultural consultants provide business, technical and scientific advice and assessment services to farmers and the public sector.
Job profile of an agricultural consultant from the Target Jobs website

Veterinary Physiotherapists

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.
Job profile of veterinary physiotherapists from the National Careers Service website


Please note that some of these careers may require further study.

For further information on these careers, see also:

People in some Animal Science roles may be self-employed

Thank you to Prospects for the content on these pages.

The degree programme pages may also include career information

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Last Updated: 10/09/2019