Animal Biology

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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 BiosciencesProgram format: on-campus, in-person.

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.

Animal Program Information Night

Join us virtually on November 2nd at 7:00 PM to learn about OAC animal programs! The event will include a program presentation and a panel of current students, recent alumni, and faculty to answer all your questions. Register for the Animal Program Information Night Program Information Night here.

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: 

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"What I like best about my program is that I have already started learning about animals. In first year, students are already introduced to animal-related courses which was amazing!" -Stephen Dawoud, animal biology student

Read the rest of Stephen'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 a few here:

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"I work as a laboratory technician in a medical lab. The majority of my job is performing molecular COVID-19 diagnostics. However, I also help in other areas of the laboratory such as high-volume testing and delivery and specimen handling."-Anetia Camacho, Medical Laboratory Technician

Read the rest of Anetia's profile here.

Learn about other alumni through the following profiles:

Learn About the Perks

A strong foundation.

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

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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. 

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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!

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Our OAC Student Liaison team is here to help! Have you applied to or are you considering this program, but have some questions? Check out the following pages to learn more: