Animal Science in a Nutshell

Animal Science…you’re probably wondering what the heck that is all about.

Wikipedia puts it very simply, “studying the biology of animals that are under the control of mankind”. That definition is somewhat accurate. It’s Wikipedia though.

Another website, courtesy of FAEIS states, “A general program that focuses on the scientific principles that underlie the breeding and husbandry of agricultural animals, and the production, processing, and distribution of agricultural animal products. Includes instruction in the animal sciences, animal husbandry and production, and agricultural and food products processing”. Nailed it.

People in my field essentially work hard to get the food on your plate, that is if you eat meat. There are various aspects of this process, all of which work towards a similar goal. The similar goal being that they want the production of animals to be as efficient and as profitable as possible. What company doesn’t want to be efficient and profitable? NONE. For the most part people of my field believe in animal welfare. Now there is a huge difference between animal welfare and animal rights which I will cover.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association animal welfare is a, “human responsibility that encompasses all aspects of animal well-being, including proper housing, management, disease prevention and treatment, responsible care, humane handling, and, when necessary, humane euthansia.” Animal rights would then be, “a philosophical view that animals have rights similar or the same as humans. True animal rights proponents believe that humans do not have the right to use animals at all. Animal rights proponents wish to ban all use of animals by humans.” See the difference?

Recap. People eat animals. People need to make animals meet standards. That’s where I take the stage. Since my field is in the business of using animals we have to do it right otherwise we have more animal rights/concerned/public people clawing at our backs. My field serves the purpose of making sure animals are utilized in a way that is respectful, to both the animal and the consumer. No one wants to eat an animal that is pumped full of drugs because they don’t know what that could do to their own body. Makes sense right? 

In case some of you still have no idea what my field entails here are some examples of careers found in animal science: Livestock Production Managers, Sales (of all kinds), Livestock Equipment Management/Sales, Breeding Technician, Feedlot Operator, Research, Public Relations, Quality Assurance, Livestock Marketing, Stable Management, Specialists (of all kinds), and many more that I don’t care to list. For future reference the area that I will be focusing on, because it interests me the most, is the research side of animal science.

Hopefully you somewhat gained the gist of animal science. My field works with animals. We like them so we treat them as well as possible so one day they end up on our plates. Harsh but true. (Keep in mind we’re not talking about your pet at home. I sure hope you don’t plan on eating them).

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_science
  2. http://www.faeis.ahnrit.vt.edu/newsletter/december_07/definition.htm
  3. https://asas.org/membership-services/member-information/career-information/animal-science-careers
  4. http://animalwelfarecouncil.com/welfare-vs-rights/
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2 thoughts on “Animal Science in a Nutshell

  1. Dakota! I loved how you wrote this! I liked how you incorporated a sense of humor into the facts, makes things much easier to read and understand. I really liked how after you had stated all the information you summed it up in such a way that anyone would understand it. By the way you describe the major, it sounds fun and interesting and worth wile to the science and human world. I liked the way you changed the fonts of specific words in order to bring attention to them. Also, I really appreciated how you have many different sources to clearly define Animal Science and how you had stated them at the end, making you seem very credible and like you took the time to show us you care about your major!
    –Amanda

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  2. This was so informational! Honestly, I had no clue what animal science majors did. I always assumed you all wanted to be veterinarians. I looooove beef, chicken, pork, etc. I love meat. This really helped me understand where it all comes from. And also, you’re really easy to understand. For a clueless person like me, I feel like I really gained some knowledge from a subject that I thought was irrelevant to my life. With your key points in bold font, it was really easy to navigate around the information. It was a very easy read and very informational.

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