What Are the Best Animal Science Colleges?

Read on for information on some good animal science colleges. See what a few different schools have to offer based on your career aspirations in agriculture or veterinary science and what kinds of degree programs are available to you. Schools offering Animal Care degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Are Some Characteristics of Top Animal Science Colleges?

If you're interested in an agricultural career, you might want to consider animal science colleges with training facilities, teaching farms and animal herds. These features allow you to gain hands-on experience caring for livestock.

If you're interested in preparing for a veterinary career you could look at schools that have strong veterinary colleges. Sometimes these two programs share access to faculty and research centers. Good schools also have active student organizations to help you develop leadership and professional skills.

What Are Three of the Best Animal Science Colleges?

Cornell University in Ithaca, NY

U.S. News & World Report's 2007 veterinary school rankings placed this Ivy League university first (www.usnews.com). Cornell's animal science doctoral program was ranked second by the National Research Council in 2010 (www.nationalacademies.org).

As a student you can join the Cornell Pre-Veterinary Society, the Cornell University Dairy Science Club, the Cornell Dairy Fellows Program or the Cornell Block and Bridle Club. You can also participate in the student livestock show and undergraduate honors research program.

Facilities include over 25 laboratories, the 2600-acre Animal Science Teaching and Research Center and teaching units for the study of large animals, swine, poultry, beef, dairy cattle and sheep. Doctoral degree candidates pursuing research careers may compete for the Food Systems and Poverty Reduction Ph.D. Traineeship. Successful candidates complete additional courses and six months of field work in Africa. The following degrees are available:

  • Bachelor of Science in Animal Science
  • Master of Science in Animal Science
  • Master of Professional Studies in Animal Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Animal Science

Texas A&M University in College Station

Texas A&M was U.S. News & World Report's 63rd-ranked national university for 2011. Its College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences' tied for fifth in U.S. News & World Report's 2007 rankings.

Among the university's 18 animal research institutes and centers is the Center for Animal Biotechnology and Genomics. You can also join Texas A&M's championship-winning equine, livestock, wool and meat judging teams. Other agriculture-related campus organizations are also available, such as the Horseman's Association or Saddle and Sirloin Club. Animal science degrees available at Texas A&M are listed below.

  • Bachelor of Science in Animal Science
  • M.S. in Animal Science
  • M.S. in Physiology of Reproduction
  • M.S. in Dairy Science
  • M.S. in Animal Breeding
  • Master of Agriculture in Animal Science
  • Ph.D. in Animal Breeding
  • Ph.D. in Animal Science
  • Ph.D. in Physiology of Reproduction

University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville

In addition to being ranked 53rd among national universities by U.S. News & World Report for 2011, UF's College of Veterinary Medicine was 11th in U.S. News & World Report's 2007 rankings.

UF operates Gainesville-area research facilities, such as a 850-acre dairy teaching unit and a 65-acre horse farm. Range cattle research facilities are available elsewhere in the state. Dairy students have access to nine laboratories in the Dairy Science Building. UF also operates a meat processing center to facilitate food safety training. Other facilities include an equine research and teaching unit and a subtropical agricultural research station. UF offers the following animal science degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Animal Science
  • Master of Science in Animal Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Animal Science

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