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 2016 veterinary school rankings placed this Ivy League university at number 2 in the nation (www.usnews.com). The school was also rated 15th in the country among national universities, and its agricultural sciences program 3rd for global universities.

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. The following degrees are available:

  • B.S. in Animal Science
  • M.S. in Animal Science
  • Master of Professional Studies in Animal Science
  • Ph.D. in Animal Science

Texas A&M University in College Station

Texas A&M (TAMU) was U.S. News & World Report's 70th-ranked national university for 2016. Its veterinary medicine school was rated 7th best in the U.S. Other animal-related disciplines include breeding, dairy science, equine science, nutrition, reproduction physiology, and food science.

Among the university's 14 labs and centers are the Animal Science Complex, which focuses on livestock, and the Equine Complex, which is the site for horse research and teaching. You can also join TAMU'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 TAMU include:

  • B.S. in Animal Science
  • B.S. in Animal Production/Industry
  • M.S. in Animal Science
  • M.S. in Equine Industry Management
  • 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 Science
  • Ph.D. in Physiology of Reproduction
  • Ph.D. in Animal Breeding

University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville

UF was ranked 47th among national universities by U.S. News & World Report for 2016. In addition, its College of Veterinary Medicine was rated 14th in the U.S. and its agricultural sciences program 8th among global universities.

UF operates Gainesville-area research facilities, such as an 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 9 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:

  • B.S. in Animal Biology
  • B.S. in Equine Science
  • B.S. in Food Animal Science
  • M.S. in Animal Science
  • Ph.D. in Animal Science

10 More Colleges with Animal Science Programs

College/University Institution Type Location
Washington State University 4-year, Public Pullman, WA
University of California 4-year, Public Davis, CA
Purdue University 4-year, Public West Lafayette, IN
Montana State University 4-year, Public Bozeman, MT
Rutgers University 4-year, Public New Brunswick, NJ
Kansas State University 4-year, Public Manhattan, KS
University of Nebraska 4-year, Public Lincoln, NE
University of Hawaii at Manoa 4-year, Public Honolulu, HI
Clemson State University 4-year, Public Clemson, SC
Oregon State University 4-year, Public Corvallis, OR

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