This emphasis leads graduates to careers within the livestock industry such as production and management, feed production, artificial insemination, livestock and farm equipment support/sales, animal health sales, and agricultural lending.
Students are exposed to classroom instruction and hands-on learning in the laboratory. Coursework includes computer and communications training, sales training, and business management.
Other required coursework is traditional to livestock degrees and will include nutrition, breeding, reproduction, evaluation, feeds, production and management, and facilities. Students can take other courses specific to their interest.
Graduates of the animal science degree with the pre-veterinary medicine emphasis are well prepared to pursue their career goal of becoming a veterinarian and have a high acceptance rate among Colleges of Veterinary Medicine.
The pre-veterinary medicine emphasis meets the course entry requirements for admission to the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine (which provides high-quality education, conducts leading-edge research, and delivers innovative veterinary services); however, similar entry requirements among colleges of veterinary medicine, coupled with sufficient flexibility within the curriculum, allow graduates to meet the admission requirements for many other institutions. *
Students are exposed to traditional classroom instruction as well as experiential learning.
The University of Minnesota’s VetFAST Program – a unique program to meet the high demand for veterinarians trained to work with food production animals, such as dairy and beef cattle, swine, poultry, sheep, and goats – is also an option for students at the University of Minnesota, Crookston.
Graduates have attended the following colleges of veterinary medicine:
University of Minnesota
University of Missouri
University of Wisconsin-Madison
University of Saskatchewan
* Admission to veterinary schools is competitive. Specific admission requirements, including courses and experiences, vary by professional program and institution. Completion of the B.S. does not guarantee admission to veterinary school at the University of Minnesota or other universities.
Terrill Bradford, an instructor in the Animal Science program discusses the various career options students can select from with an animal science degree. She also describes some of the unique benefits of the major. The Animal Science degree is administered through the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department.
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