Do you love animals? Do you enjoy science? Then you’ll certainly find the animal and veterinary sciences major will blend your passions and academic interests. Students in our program learn to apply the core science foundations to issues in animal health, nutrition, food production and management. You’ll select from one of three concentration areas that include animal agribusiness, equine business, or pre-veterinary and science. Although this major has served Clemson students as the most successful means for entrance to veterinary medicine programs, there are many other opportunities to work with or study animals outside of professional school.
- You’ll work with livestock and poultry, gaining useful skills to prepare you for veterinary school, research or industry.
- Clemson has six livestock farms — beef, dairy, equine, poultry, swine and sheep.
- Our female freshmen have the opportunity to join our living-learning community, Women in Animal and Veterinary Sciences (WAVS).
- Women make up almost 94 percent of our undergraduate student body.
- A revolutionary fowl cholera vaccine invented by Clemson researchers has saved the international turkey industry more than $300 million.
WHAT YOU'LL STUDY
Through your course work, you’ll be exposed to the science behind the animal. In addition to classes in your chosen major concentration, you’ll also take general courses in chemistry, biology, mathematics, English, social sciences and humanities. Advanced courses cover the practices and principles of feeding, breeding, management, and care of livestock and poultry.
Animal Agribusiness Concentration
Prepare for a career in the animal industries such as production, sales and marketing, business management, advertising and extension. Your courses will give you a global perspective of the animal agriculture industries, and a minor in business administration will support and expand your knowledge of this growing business arena. In addition, you’ll be able to choose classes that focus on one species or a variety.
Equine Business Concentration
Our equine business concentration covers the breadth of the equine species and industry. You must not only understand the use of horses as a recreational animal, but also recognize the complexities of exercise physiology, nutrition and management. In choosing this concentration, you must minor in business administration.
Pre-veterinary and Science Concentration
The pre-veterinary and science concentration allows you to fulfill the prerequisite course work required for entrance into most veterinary schools as well as graduate, medical and dental programs.
- Adult/Extension Education
- Agricultural Business Management
- Biological Sciences
- Business Administration
- Wildlife and Fisheries Biology
Your college decision isn't really about the next four years. We get it. It's about what doors are opened by your degree and whether those opportunities are what you had envisioned for yourself. Here's a snapshot of what life after graduation looks like for some of our most recent students.
WHERE OUR RECENT GRADUATES HAVE GONE
Tryon International Equestrian Center
Animal Pharmaceutical Sales
Director of Youth and Industry Relations
Alabama Cattlemen’s Association
NC State University
Equine Insurance Agent
Assistant Equine Director
Virginia Cooperative Extension
Clemson University Cooperative Extension
RECENT POSTGRADUATE STUDIES
Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine
M.S. Animal Sciences and Industry
Kansas State University
Doctor of Physical Therapy
University of Cincinnati
University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Glasgow, Scotland
Master of Public Health
Kansas State University
COMMON CAREER AREAS
- Farm Production and Management
- Livestock Production
- Livestock Feed
- Meat and Dairy Foods
- Sales (Livestock, Feed, Pharmaceuticals, Ag Chemical, Supplies and Equipment)
- Public Relations
- Customer Service
- Informal Education
- Veterinary Medicine
- Small and Large Animal
- Food Safety and Inspection
- Science and Technology
- Product and Process Development
- Genetics and Animal Breeding
- Animal Nutrition, Health and Disease Control
- Animal Behavior, Training, Caretaking
- Quality Control
- Livestock Feed Inspection
- Harvest Operation Inspection
- Meat and Dairy Inspection
FIND OUT MORE
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Student Recruitment Coordinator