Animal lovers rejoice: The University of Idaho’s (UI) Department of Animal and Veterinary Science (AVS) offers a comprehensive variety of majors for everything animal-related.
Programs Built for Student Experiences
The Department of Animal and Veterinary Science is focused on offering comprehensive and integrated research and teaching programs that support everything to do with animals and agriculture. At the core of the curriculum is hands-on experience with classroom instruction to prepare students to work in a variety of animal-related careers.
As an undergraduate in AVS, students can choose from a range of majors including:
- S. Animal and Veterinary: Business
- S. Animal and Veterinary: Dairy
- S. Animal and Veterinary: Pre-Veterinary
- S. Animal and Veterinary: Production
In each of these majors, students will explore a broad array of animal science topics, including animal production, nutrition, meat science and species science (horse, beef, dairy or sheep options).
Hands-On at the Nancy M. Cummings Research, Extension & Education Center
Idaho is famous for its agriculture, and the Department of Animal and Veterinary Science allows students to get hands-on experience on campus. The Nancy M. Cummings Research, Extension and Education Center is the University of Idaho’s primary cow-calf and forage research station where students help work the land and facilities of a working ranch.
With 1,044 acres along the Salmon River hosting 330 cows and 110 replacement heifers, the center provides intensive continuing education for those involved in the livestock industry and UI students. Together, they perform research into cattle reproduction, cattle working and cattle feeding.
The center also provides students with internship opportunities, where they live in dorms and learn in on-premise classrooms.
AVS Extracurricular Opportunities
The Department of Animal and Veterinary Science boasts a close-knit community of students who are engaged in learning outside of the classroom. There are several clubs that help students get more involved, build relationships with their peers and network with professors and members of the industry.
- Block and Bridle is a club for students passionate about working with livestock and holds events throughout the year to help students learn to raise and show livestock.
- Dairy Club provides opportunities for students to learn about and network with the dairy industry in Idaho.
- Pre-Veterinary Club brings together students interested in veterinary medicine, where they watch films, volunteer and attend tours together.
- Student Idaho Cattle Association (SICA) aims to educate the public about Idaho’s beef industry; students have the chance to attend and participate in many local and national conventions.
AVS Graduates Go on to Great Careers
Upon graduation, 85% of AVS graduates have jobs lined up already. Some of the careers that they’re entering include:
- Business development
- Cheese and dairy product development
- Flavor chemistry
- Food quality control
- Plant management
- Production management
- Ranch management
- Veterinarian (with additional education)
These are fulfilling careers that also pay well, with an average mid-career salary of $87,590.
Learn more about the University of Idaho and the Department of Animal and Veterinary Science here to see if it’s the right fit for your future.