Animal Science

Animal science is about breeding and caring for agricultural or domesticated animals.

This usually includes livestock, pets and laboratory animals.

Studying in this area involves learning about animal biology, biochemistry, anatomy and physiology.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Did you know?

The rise of human civilisations depended on the domestication of wild animals.

The first attempts at animal domestication – of dogs, goats and possibly sheep – occurred around 11,000 years ago.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Farmer
  • Farm manager
  • Farm worker
  • Animal breeder
  • Animal scientist
  • Animal trainer
  • Animal control officer
  • Wildlife manager
  • Stock and station agent
  • Research scientist
  • Research assistant
  • Laboratory technician
  • Science teacher
  • Biology teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects


166% of national
median earnings


Further study
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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