Animal Science

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Modern animal agriculture aims to produce quality products in efficient and humane animal production systems. In the Animal Science major of the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree program, you will learn how environment affects productivity, how physiology affects reproduction, and how to improve food quality, production and performance through animal breeding and good nutrition. You will also study animal behaviour, housing and management systems that promote farm animal welfare, and learn how meat scientists develop tasty and nutritious products. 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), 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

  • Agricultural Animal Physiology
  • Animal Production Systems, Health and Industry
  • Animal Welfare Judging and Evaluation
  • Agriculture and Food Issues Problem Solving
  • Challenges and Opportunities in Dairy Cattle Production
  • Poultry Nutrition

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

Career Opportunities

  • Livestock nutritionist
  • Life science professional
  • Pet nutrition consultant
  • Marketing coordinator
  • Vet pharmaceutical sales representative 

What Students are Saying

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

Natalia poses with a donkey.

"I visited the campus when I was in Grade 9 and instantly felt it was perfect. I found it absolutely beautiful and both the campus and the city felt like a great fit for me. Also, U of G is the only university in Ontario that offers an agriculture program." -Natalia Savor, animal science student

Read the rest of Natalia's profile here.

What Grads are Doing

Want to know what types of exciting careers our graduates have? Meet Julia Romagnoli:

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"After graduating from U of G, I started with John Deere Canada ULC which has provided many travel opportunities to explore agricultural practices across the U.S. and Canada. For the last few years, I have been based in Guelph and responsible for the Eastern Canada hay and forage production system, working with dealers and customers to relate technology, agronomy, and equipment solutions to the dairy and livestock segment."-Julia Romagnoli, production system specialist and founder and curator of Pride in Ag.

Read the rest of Julia's profile here.

Learn About the Perks

Customize and explore.

Tailor your courses to your specific interests. Want to conduct your own research project or travel to different farms? There are courses for that!

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Find your

From beef science club to poultry club, there is something for everyone. Join a club to learn more about your favourite animals. 

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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: