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Animal Husbandry and Production


Programs in animal husbandry and production prepare people to breed, care for, and sell animals.

Animal husbandry and production programs include topics such as:


In animal husbandry and production programs, students may be able to specialize in:


Several community colleges and technical schools offer certificate and associate degree programs in animal husbandry and production. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study. An associate degree program at a community college usually takes two years of full-time study to complete.

Several colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in animal husbandry and production. Often this is offered as part of a animal science program. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Very few universities offer graduate degrees in animal husbandry and production. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Things to Know

Internships or supervised work experience may lead to employment or better job prospects and recommendations. Many programs coordinate internships with local farms, ranches, and meat and animal processing companies.

Many programs have on-site working farms and ranches. Students help keep barns and stables clean, care for newborn animals, and feed and monitor livestock daily.

A degree in animal husbandry and production is considered good preparation for veterinary medical school.

For information about farm occupations, opportunities, and 4-H activities, contact your local county extension service office.


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Walla Walla Community College

Washington State University - Pullman