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University of Rhode Island — Animal & Veterinary Science

Knowledge and Skills
What will I know and be able to do when I graduate?

The knowledge and skills required to work in the animal and veterinary science field will vary depending on your area of focus. However, all animal scientists should have a strong foundation in the physical sciences and understand how they apply to animal science.

By the time you complete your degree you will have general knowledge of the animal and veterinary science field along with specific knowledge of livestock, companion, and exotic animals. Once you have chosen your area of focus you may want to gain more in-depth knowledge in that area through enrollment in advanced courses and involvement in experiential learning opportunities.

Throughout your undergraduate career you will have numerous opportunities to gain hands-on experience. A small sampling of the areas in which you will gain skills are listed below:

  • animal husbandry
  • neonatal care
  • routine health maintenance
  • breeding management
  • genetic selection
  • nutritional formulation and feeding

Professors at URI use learning outcomes statements to identify the specific knowledge and skill elements that students gain through classes and related field experiences. Correlating learning outcomes with courses will show you what knowledge and skills you will acquire in each class you take.