If you love working with animals and a day spent outdoors checking on the health of chickens, cows and pigs sounds like a great job to you, a career in agricultural animal science might be right up your alley. This field comprises a variety of different jobs – veterinarians, veterinary technicians, animal biotechnologists and feedlot managers are just a few.
Animal biotechnologists are people who research how nutrition affects the health and reproduction of animals. On the job, they’re responsible for creating and monitoring the feed blends for farm animals, as well as monitoring reproduction.
Feedlot managers oversee the day-to-day operations of livestock feed yards. They monitor the yard’s performance and make sure conditions are safe for both employees and livestock, and that the business end of the yard is running smoothly.
All of these jobs require specialized schooling. Veterinary technicians usually have at least an associate degree, and becoming a veterinarian requires a doctor of veterinary medicine degree. Animal biotechnologists will need a master’s degree in an area such as animal science and feedlot managers usually have an associate degree in animal science or agricultural business.