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Animal Scientists Career Video

About This Career

Conducts research in the genetics, nutrition, reproduction, growth, and development of domestic farm animals.

This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Animal Systems pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Studies nutritional requirements of animals and nutritive values of animal feed materials.
  • Writes up or orally communicates research findings to the scientific community, producers, and the public.
  • Develops improved practices in feeding, housing, sanitation, or parasite and disease control of animals.
  • Advises producers about improved products and techniques that could enhance their animal production efforts.
  • Conducts research concerning animal nutrition, breeding, or management to improve products or processes.
  • Studies effects of management practices, processing methods, feed, or environmental conditions on quality and quantity of animal products, such as eggs and milk.
  • Researches and controls animal selection and breeding practices to increase production efficiency and improve animal quality.
  • Determines genetic composition of animal populations and heritability of traits, using principles of genetics.
  • Crossbreeds animals with existing strains or crosses strains to obtain new combinations of desirable characteristics.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Beef Cattle Nutritionist
  • Companion Animal Nutritionist
  • Dairy Research Nutritionist
  • Scientist
  • Animal Nutrition Consultant
  • Animal Nutritionist
  • Beef Cattle Specialist
  • Dairy Nutrition Consultant
  • Research Scientist


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