Animal Science

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The Animal Science program at Bakersfield College provides students with a comprehensive education in the study of domesticated animals, including their biology, nutrition, and management. The curriculum covers a wide range of topics, including animal anatomy and physiology, animal behavior, and livestock production systems.

two people tending to a horse shoeWhat is Animal Science?

Animal Science is a discipline that focuses on the study of domesticated animals, including their biology, behavior, nutrition, and management. It encompasses a wide range of topics, including animal anatomy and physiology, genetics and breeding, animal behavior and welfare, and livestock production systems. The goal of animal science is to improve our understanding of domesticated animals and to promote their health and welfare. This knowledge is then applied to enhance animal production and improve the sustainability and profitability of livestock production systems.

Animal scientists work in a variety of settings, including academia, research institutions, government agencies, and industry, and they play a critical role in addressing important challenges facing the animal agriculture industry, such as food security, animal health, and environmental sustainability.

Students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through laboratory work, field trips, and practical projects, as well as exposure to industry professionals through guest lectures and networking events. The program also provides students with a strong foundation in the principles of agriculture and animal husbandry, preparing them for careers in a variety of fields such as animal agriculture, animal health, and animal welfare. With its engaging curriculum and practical learning opportunities, the Animal Science program at Bakersfield College is an excellent choice for individuals interested in pursuing a career in the animal sciences.

Is Animal Science right for Me?

Individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in animal science should have a passion for working with animals and a strong desire to understand their biology, behavior, and management. Some key traits and skills that would make someone a good fit for studying animal science include:

  • Scientific curiosity
  • Attention to detail
  • Good communication skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Practical skills
  • Compassion for animals
  • Organizational skills

In addition to these traits, individuals who are well-rounded and have a broad range of interests, including biology, chemistry, and business, may also be well-suited for a career in animal science.

Animal Science Degrees and Certificate

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The Animal Science major prepares students for occupations in those areas of agriculture involving production, managing, and marketing of livestock. Both the scientific and practical aspects of the production of horse, beef, sheep, swine, dairy cattle and companion animals are stressed in the courses.

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The Animal Science major prepares students for occupations in those areas of agriculture that involve livestock production and related agribusinesses.

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This program prepares students for careers in Animal Science and entry level production jobs such as feed mill technician, beef technician, swine technician, poultry technician, animal groomer, small animal assistant technician, and pet store employee. 

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Careers in Animal Science

Graduates with a degree or certificate in Animal Science can pursue careers in a variety of fields related to the study of domesticated animals. Some common career paths for graduates include:

  • Livestock Production Manager: Overseeing the management of livestock operations, including breeding, nutrition, and health programs.
  • Animal Nutritionist: Developing and implementing diets and nutrition programs for livestock, pets, and other animals.
  • Animal Health Technician: Assisting veterinarians in the treatment and care of animals.
  • Livestock Sales Representative: Marketing and selling livestock, animal feed, and other related products.
  • Agricultural Extension Agent: Providing education and outreach to farmers and other agricultural producers on best practices for animal production.
  • Research Technician: Assisting with scientific research on animal biology, behavior, and nutrition.
  • Animal Shelter Manager: Overseeing the management and care of animals in a shelter or rescue setting.
  • Equine Manager: Overseeing the care and management of horses, including feeding, grooming, and training.

This list is not exhaustive and the career opportunities available to an AS-T, AS or certificate in Animal Science degree holder can vary depending on education level, individual skills, experience, and interests.

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Graduates with an Associate Degree from Bakersfield College may choose to continue their education at a university to earn a 4-year degree. See your Counselor and/or a Transfer Specialist for specific questions, options, and opportunities.

Academic Department: Agriculture

Career & Learning Pathway: Agriculture, Nutrition, & Culinary Arts

Courses: Animal Science (ANSC) classes

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