- Offered as:
- Specialization track in Animal Sciences
Animal Management is an option within the Animal Science major. The Animal Management option emphasizes the business, economics and practical management aspects of animal production and care of animals. This option is recommended for students preparing to work in agricultural animal production, companion animal care, or agribusiness.
- Strengths of the program
- The animal sciences curriculum at WSU is one of the strongest in the nation, featuring hands-on animal contact not available elsewhere.
- Learn from professors who are among the top animal science researchers in the world.
- Learn in some of the most complete and modern college laboratories in the nation, including the WSU Dairy Center, the Feed Preparation Laboratory, and the Ensminger Beef Center.
- You can join a math, science, and engineering community residence hall at WSU Pullman — share classes with your neighbors, study together, get free tutoring, and use the hall's computer lab.
- Signature courses and program information
You can take a wide variety of classes in animal management. Some examples:
Dairy Cattle Management Laboratory
Beef Cow Calf Management Laboratory
Swine Management Laboratory
Live Animal and Carcass Evaluation
Feeds and Feeding
Physiology of Reproduction
Physiology of Reproduction Laboratory
Physiology of Domestic Animals
Perspectives in Biotechnology
Companion Animal Management
Agricultural Animal Health
See the WSU Catalog for degree requirements and talk with your academic advisor about planning and scheduling your courses. All students must meet requirements as outlined in the catalog in order to graduate.
- Scholarships and financial aid
A variety of state, federal, and university-sponsored programs are available to help students with educational costs.
For animal science majors
The College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences awards roughly $600,000 to students annually. For more information, see the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences scholarships page.
For all students at WSU
Washington State University awards millions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships to thousands of students every year based on financial need, academic merit, or a combination of the two.
To be eligible for scholarship consideration, complete the Washington State University general scholarship application by January 31. Also be sure to fill out the FAFSA by February 15 to ensure your eligibility for the widest range of scholarships and need-based financial aid.
For more information or to apply for financial aid and scholarships from WSU, see the Scholarships and Finances section of the WSU website.
- Suggested strengths, interests, and preparation
Suggested strengths and interests
You'll probably do well as an animal sciences major if you:
- Like working with animals
- Do well in science classes
- Enjoy hands-on learning
- Want to have a career in farming, veterinary medicine, or related areas
- Enjoy being physically active or want to work outdoors
High school preparation
The animal science program at WSU is science-based, so preparation in chemistry, biology, and mathematics is essential. Solid communication and writing skills are also important for college success, no matter what your major is.
If you're planning to transfer from another college to WSU, contact the animal sciences department as soon as possible to coordinate your coursework and minimize the time it takes to finish your degree.
- Clubs, organizations, and activities
The animal science department sponsors several clubs and organizations. You can find friendship, academic support, and just plain fun in groups like these:
- Dairy Club
- Block and Bridle Club
- Collegiate Horseman’s Association
- Rodeo Club
- Cooperative University Dairy Students
- Cougar Cattle Feeders
- Student Swine Co-op
Students can also travel to participate in national events such as the Block & Bridle Club Annual Convention, Dairy Club Annual Meetings, and regional and national Dairy Challenge Competitions.
- Careers in animal management
A degree in animal sciences can prepare you for a wide variety of jobs and careers. For instance you could work in:
- Veterinary Medicine
- Livestock Management
- Animal Health Product Sales
- Feed Sales/Management
- Breed Field Representative
- Artificial Breeding Technician
- Public Relations Specialist
- Research Lab Technician
- Environmental Quality Specialist
- Animal/Livestock Insurance
- Meat Inspector
- Financial Analyst
- Pet Food Specialist
- Market Reporter