Animal Science is the study of the biology of animals that are under the control of humankind. Animal Biotechnologists are responsible for researching how nutrients in feed and/or animal reproductive processes impact animal health. They then create methods for more efficient production using their research findings.
What responsibilities will I have?
- Disseminate technical information to veterinarians or related animal health personnel
- Perform daily insemination, heat detection and schedule of the herd
- Maintain records of procedures, farm calls and emergencies
- Routine maintenance and sterilization of equipment and machinery
- Semen collection and processing semen orders
- Attend training programs and education workshops to ensure customer satisfaction
- On-farm training of personnel
- Analyze client needs and develop nutritional plans for their animal(s)
- Develop and test new feed supplements for farmers
- Assess new nutritional products and feed combinations
- Investigate nutritional disorders
- Write reports and give informational presentations regarding animal nutrition
- Customize ingredient blends and management programs
- Monitor feed formulations to meet standards and quality control regulations
- Evaluate chemical and nutritional value of feeds and feed supplements
- Coordinate research trials
- Initiate and support patent applications for securing new products
- Ensure health, safety and environmental procedures and regulations are put in place and followed
- Attend training when needed and coordinate training for team members
- Monitor laboratory analysis and assist when needed
What education and training is required?
A master’s degree in animal/poultry science or related major.
To pursue a career as an Animal Biotechnologist:
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, a focus on sciences such as animal science, chemistry and biology, and mathematics.
Employed by food production companies, contract growers with integrated production facilities, animal pharmaceutical companies, and university research farms there are also some opportunities to be self-employed.
Future Job Market/Outlook:
The future outlook for Animal Biotechnologist will be good over the next five years.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations:
- National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
- Dairy Farmers of America
- American Poultry Association
- American Society of Animal Science
- National Institute for Animal Agriculture