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Animal Bioscience

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off-campus site through a satellite campus or regional partner.

Animal bioscience is the study of animal metabolism, genetics, physiology, nutrition, behaviour, care, health, and the social and environmental impact of domestic animals.


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Bachelor of Science in Agriculture - Animal Science

  • B.Sc. (An.Biosc)

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What is Animal Bioscience?

The BSc (An.Biosc) is an applied sciences degree that provides students with a broad background in domestic animal biology in areas such as animal metabollism, genetics, physiology, nutrition, behaviour, care, health, and social and environmental impact.  This program is designed for students who have an interest in domestic animal biology.  While experience with any domestic animal (e.g. horse, dog, cat, cattle) may be useful, animal experience is not required.  Students will have a variety of opportunities for animal experience during the program.  This program meets pre-veterinary medicine requirements and prepares students to work in fields outside of traditional animal agriculture including biomedical sciences, companion, equine and research animal care, animal health and environmental sciences.

Animal Bioscience: Is it for you?

The emphasis throughout the program is on providing a common suite of skills that allow students to secure employment and move successfully into their careers.  Courses developed for the program are designed to

  • Provide direct involvement with a wide variety of domestic animals
  • Provide relevant laboratory skills
  • Involve students in research activities such as information gathering, synthesis, and communication of results
  • Require students to be self-directed and develop decision-making skills

AgBio offers a setting that combines the advantages of a full-scale university with the benefits of a small, specialized program.  The small class sizes in third and fourth year and supportive atmosphere allows students to get to know their instructors and fellow students and to build a network of personal and business contacts.

Moreover, the college has one of the campus’s most active and spirited student bodies.  Students can join the Agricultural Students’ Association or an interest group such as the Stockmen and Rodeo Club, Range Team, Dairy Team, Canadian Agri-Marketing Association Student Chapter, Horticulture, Resource Management, or AgBizz Clubs.

Sample Classes

Introductory Animal Bioscience

Examines the domestication of agricultural and companion animals and their adaptation to human society.  Comparative aspects of domestication, genetics, reproduction, neonatal development, endocrinology an environmental impacts will be reviewed.

Canine and Feline Science

Covers canine evolution, history of domestication and breed development.  The use of dogs in therapy, herding, etc. will be discussed.  Professional dog kennel operation, design, legislation and licensing thereof will be included.  Feeding, care and management of cats and dogs will be covered

Behaviour of Domestic Animals

Provides students with an understanding of the principles of animal behaviour, and how these relate to management of domestic species.  Emphasizes the social behaviour of animals and introduces the relationship between animal behaviour and animal welfare.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will choose from a diverse set of career choices in government, non-government organizations and the private sector including:

  • Animal pharmaceutical sales and clinical trial testing
  • Environmental impact assessment of wild and domestic animal interactions
  • Laboratory testing and development of DNA tests for animal traits related to health and performance
  • Animal welfare positions within and outside government, such as the SPCA, cities and rural municipalities
  • Product development and sales for the growing pet care industry
  • Research animal care and management

A Stepping Stone

The B.Sc. (Animal Bioscience) is a highly useful and marketable background for studies in other areas including veterinary medicine and medicine.

Graduates also have excellent prospects as Masters students at the U of S and at universities across North America and internationally.