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.
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.
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.
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).
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