Definition of Animal science
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Animal Science is described as "studying the biology of animals that are under the control of mankind". Historically, the animals studied were geeses, including livestock and horses, but courses available now look at a far broader area to include companion animals, for example birds, hedgehogs and many exotic species. Degrees in Animal Science are offered at a number of colleges and universities, including Cornell University, UC Davis, and the University of Minnesota. At UC Davis, the Animal Science curriculum not only provides a strong science background, but also hands-on experience working with animals. Professional education in animal science prepares students for career opportunities in areas such as breeding, production, nutrition, animal agribusiness, behavior and well being, and biotechnology. Courses in this program may include genetics, microbiology, animal behavior, nutrition, physiology, and reproduction. Courses in support areas, such as genetics, soils, agricultural economics and marketing, legal aspects and the environment also are offered. All of these courses are essential to entering an animal science profession.
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