Animal Biology

A class instructor using a cow model to teach a group of students.

The animal biology major, offered as part of the Bachelor of Science degree program, emphasizes the science underlying the practical husbandry of animals, primarily those used for food products but also companion and exotic species. You will acquire a broad overview of animal production systems and a detailed understanding of how these rely increasingly on our emerging knowledge in fields such as genetics, molecular biology, reproductive technology, nutrition, environmental physiology, behaviour and welfare.

The program provides excellent preparation for students interested in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. This program is offered and administered by the Department of Animal Biosciences.

Admission Requirements

Ontario secondary school students applying to the program require English (ENG4U), Advanced Functions (MHF4U), 2 courses from Biology (SBI4U), Chemistry (SCH4U), Physics (SPH4U); completion of all three is highly recommended, and 2 additional 4U or 4M courses. Students that are mature, transfer, or applying from outside Ontario should visit the admission requirements page to learn about their requirements.

Unique Courses

  • Principles of Animal Care and Welfare
  • Animal Production Systems, Health and Industry
  • Animal Reproduction
  • Animal Disorders
  • Pet Nutrition
  • Experiments in Animal Biology
  • Principles of Animal Behaviour

Full course descriptions and a listing of all courses, can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Career Opportunities

  • Animal bioscience specialist (research and education)
  • Animal behaviourst/animal care
  • Animal nutritionist
  • Pet nutrition consultant
  • Product quality controller
  • Veterinarian

What Students are Saying

Sometimes the best way to learn about a program is through meeting a current student. Meet them here: 

Amber stands with a puppy and cow.

"I love that the animal biology program gives a completely rounded education on all types of animals and then later allows you to tailor your schedule based on whether you’d like to go into the companion or agricultural animal stream – or you can do a mix of both." -Amber Zupan, animal biology student

Read the rest of Amber's profile here.

Learn about other student experiences through the following student profiles:

What Grads are Doing

Want to know what types of exciting careers our graduates have? Meet Nikki Campbell:

Head shot of Nikki

"A typical work day is very dynamic, and each day may look a little different. I may be formulating milk replacer, or working in the quality assurance lab. This is where we test all of our finished products and all of our ingredients for nutrient profiles, and quality... I also review new literature, and compile information on topics of interest for our team. I have the opportunity to go to conferences to increase my knowledge and understanding of various animal nutrition related topics and research. I even get on farm once in a while too!"-Nikki Campbell, Animal Nutritionist

Read the rest of Nikki's profile here.

Learn About the Perks

A strong foundation.

This program provides excellent preparation for students wishing to apply to the Ontario Veterinary College.

Learn more

Find your

U of G has a range of clubs perfect for every animal lover like the Animal Biology Student Association or the Future Vets Club. 

Learn more

Access funding support. 

OAC offers a range of scholarships, bursaries, awards and travel grants. In 2020, 687 student awards were given out totaling over $1.5 million!

Learn more


Our OAC Student Liaison team is here to help! Have you applied to or are you considering this program, but have some questions? Find answers to our most frequently asked questions here.

Still have questions/inquires? Ask us! Our team of program experts will happily answer your questions or direct them to the people who can. Ask your questions here.