Animal Sciences

Students in Animal Sciences at Auburn learn about the nutrition, breeding management, and marketing of livestock animals along with the care and management of horses and companion animals. Graduates are prepared for various careers in animal sciences and broader life-science fields.

Students receive a strong foundation in the biological and physical sciences preparing them for graduate and professional school, such as veterinary medicine and pharmacy.

Quick facts

Animal Sciences is the only department at Auburn University focused specifically on animals and the science of animal management of both traditional livestock and companion animals.

It has a strong track record for placement of graduates in veterinary college and other professional schools.


The department offers four curriculum options: Pre-Veterinary/Pre-Professional, Production/Management, Equine Science, and Muscle Foods. These allow flexibility for students, giving them an opportunity to develop an area of expertise.

The Pre-Vet/Pre-Professional option gives students a foundation in biological and physical sciences for careers in emerging areas of animal biotechnology while satisfying requirements for application to Auburn's College of Veterinary Medicine, other professional schools, or graduate school.

A greater breadth in animal production management and agribusiness can be found in the Production/Management option. Students have more flexibility in course selection since this option has more elective hours built into its curriculum.

The Equine Science option allows students to focus on science and on practical skills required for a successful career in the horse industry.  Through the choice of appropriate elective courses, this track also prepares students to apply to Auburn's College of Veterinary Medicine.

Students interested in entering careers related to food safety and quality assurance can follow the Muscle Foods track. The courses in this option prepare students to work in a wide variety of careers that range from live animal management to research and development careers in the food industry.

Click here for Curriculum Models in:

  • Equine Science
  • Muscle Foods
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine
  • Production/Management


  • Food Scientist
  • Veterinarian (small, large, equine or zoo animals)
  • Extension Agent
  • Researcher
  • Animal Pharmaceutical Salesperson
  • Breeding Technician
  • Livestock Marketing Specialist
  • Animal Nutritionist
  • Equine Scientist
  • Animal Geneticist
  • Sales Manager
  • Teacher


  • Feed Companies
  • Animal Health Firms
  • Livestock Equipment Companies
  • Food/Meat Processing Companies
  • Universities
  • Private Research Firms
  • Breeding Firms
  • Marketing Firms
  • Insurance Companies
  • Stockyards
  • Purebred Breed Associations
  • Poultry Processors
  • Community Colleges
  • Stables
  • Racetracks
  • Zoos
  • Radio/TV Stations
  • Veterinary Supply Companies
  • Livestock Publications


To learn more about Animal Sciences, contact Student Services or visit the Animal Sciences website.

Last Updated: May 14, 2013

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