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University of Rhode Island — Animal & Veterinary Science

Get Prepared
How do I prepare for a career in this field?

High School
While in high school it is important for you to take as many science courses as possible to prepare you for college level science courses. It is also advisable to start exploring different animal science related careers by working or volunteering at veterinary clinics, zoos, humane shelters, farms, etc.

While in college you will need to take general foundation courses as well as courses specific to the major. You should become familiar with all the career possibilities that are open to you and explore opportunities for hands-on experience. In addition, you should take elective courses in the areas that interest you most. It is vital for you to build your resume with relevant job experiences, strong recommendations from employers and professors, experiential learning opportunities that broaden your skill set and worldview, and leadership roles in student and professional organizations.

For course information within the major, go to the Curriculum Tab.

For experiential learning opportunities, go to the Experiential Learning Tab.

Graduate School
Depending on your career goals, you may need to attend graduate school after you earn your undergraduate degree. Below are examples of the types of graduate degrees needed for certain careers in animal science:

  • Veterinarian - Veterinary medical degree (four-years)
  • Research scientist - Master's (two-years) or Doctoral (three- to five-years)
  • University professor - Doctoral (three- to five-years)
  • High school teacher – Master’s of Education (one- to two-years)

For more information about graduate schools in this program, go to the Graduate Studies Tab.