Animal

It's all about the animals in this area of science. Whether large or small, animals have a great impact on our ecosystems and society. The study of animal science helps us understand and manage domestic animals and wildlife. Some areas of animal science include wildlife management, food production, veterinary medicine, conservation biology, and zoology.

What is Animal Science?

Animal science is the study of animals that coexist with humans. Around the world, humans rely on animals for food, fiber, labor, and companionship. Animal scientists help us understand, conserve and manage wildlife and domestic animals.

 

Whether you are interested in pets, wildlife, or livestock, there is an area of animal science for you. Some areas of animal science include wildlife management, food production, veterinary medicine, conservation biology, and zoology.

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Programs & Education

Online

Virtual Conservation Happy Hour

Grab your favorite cocktail for a virtual conservation happy hour at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. Each month we will feature one of the Zo...

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Baby Animals Zoo Camp

Omaha, NE

Do all animal babies look like their parents? Which animals hatch from eggs, and which are live-born? This class compares animal babies and developmen...

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The Deep Blue Sea Zoo Camp

Omaha, NE

A world of underwater animals awaits! This week, campers will enjoy stories and crafts inspired by the sparkling sea.

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From Head to Toe Zoo Camp

Omaha, NE

This camp explores various forms of animal locomotion as examples of adaptation. Hopping, swimming, climbing, flying and slithering animals are just a...

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Big Friend, Little Friend Zoo Camp

Omaha, NE

Great things really do come in small packages! Learn why teeny animals are also tremendous fun with small mammals, pint-sized frogs, and other little ...

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Amazing Adaptations Zoo Camp

Omaha, NE

Observe animals side-by-side. Discover how they are the same or different. Your students will share their findings and then examine animals up close f...

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Example Careers

Veterinarian

Education Requirements
Doctoral degree

Average Salary
$93k


Veterinarians provide health care for animals. They diagnose and treat disease and illness, and oftentimes perform surgeries and other procedures on animals. Vets tend to focus on either small or large animals. Small animal vets primarily work with pets and companion animals such as dogs, cats, and birds. As you can guess from the name, large animal vets work with bigger animals, like cows, horses, and sheep.

Zoologist

Education Requirements
Bachelor's degree

Average Salary
$54k


Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists study the behavior, life cycle, and genetics of animals and wildlife. They may observe animals or collect biological samples to do their research. Many wildlife biologists specialize in a specific area, such as marine biology; Similarly, zoologists specialize in a specific species, such as insects (entomology), birds (orinthology), or reptiles and amphibians (herpetology).

Career salary data provided by: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook handbook and O*NET OnLine.

If animal science is not your thing, there are other areas of science!

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