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Bachelor of Science in Agriculture - Animal Science
We are currently updating our admissions requirements for the upcoming year. Updating will be complete by October 3, 2014 but in the meantime you may see requirements for last year.
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Animal scientists study the feeding, breeding and management of domestic animals, particularly those of agricultural significance. This field of science encompasses subjects ranging from herd genetics and high-performance diets to animal vaccines and environmentally sound animal management, with a focus on transferring this knowledge into practice. More and more, animal science professionals are committed to devising innovative solutions to the challenges posed by a growing world population with changing patterns of diet, a finite amount of farmland and changing climatic conditions.
Areas of emphasis in the U of S Animal Science program include biotechnology, genetics, computer modelling, nutrition, animal behaviour and welfare, sustainable production systems and management, pasture management, and forage production.
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.
As graduates of our programs you will not only leave with excellent industry-endorsed scientific training, but also with a foundation of marketable career skills.
As well, the College's strong ties with industry and reputation for producing well-rounded, quality graduates means that many businesses turn here first when recruiting employees.
AgBio 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 Chaptern, Horticulture, Resource Management, or AgBizz Clubs.
Graduates are eligible to receive P.Ag. status for practise in the profession of agrology.
Livestock and Poultry Production
The structure of the livestock and poultry industries. Principles, problems, and programs associated with production.
Animal Production Tour
Introduces students to the diversity of animal agriculture and agri-business. Students will participate in a five day field trip that will cover traditional and exotic livestock production and marketing enterprises as well as food and feed processing facilities. Emphasis will be placed on exposing the student to livestock production conditions over the range of commercial operations found in Saskatchewan. Students will be expected to integrate information gathered from the field-trip into oral presentations and term reports with a goal of providing the student with background information necessary to complete upper year Animal Science courses. A special fee (approximately $300.00) will be assessed to cover expenses.
Animal and Poultry Nutrition
Lectures cover the principles of nutrition; the processes of digestion and utilization of foods and feeds; and the character, sources, function and requirements of the various nutrients. Laboratory work includes participation in laboratory analysis of feeds and practical nutritional exercises.
The rapid expansion of the livestock and animal health industry in Saskatchewan and elsewhere means an increasing need for scientists and professionals who can guide this industry’s development.
Opportunities for Animal Science graduates are wide-ranging.
- government positions in policy development or research
- nutrition experts and feed formulators for feed manufacturers
- feed sales
- positions with animal breeding companies
- pharmaceutical or nutraceutical sales
- animal care and animal facility inspection
- positions with feedlots
- positions in the agricultural biotechnology sector
- research technicians
- financial lenders
- hog barns
Students wishing to apply to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine can complete their course prerequisites with the Animal Science major in two or more years.
A BSA degree is also a highly useful and marketable background for studies in other areas such as business, communications, marketing, politics, education, journalism or law.
Graduates from this highly-regarded BSA program also have excellent prospects as Masters students at the U of S and at universities across North America and internationally.
Graduates with advanced degrees typically find careers as scientists, professors, specialists or business executives.