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Animal Sciences is a broad applied animal biology programme. The programme focuses on animals that have a function to humans such as food production (pigs, cattle, poultry), company (dogs, cats), recreation (horses) or education (zoo animals). You learn about how you can keep animals healthy. The programme is divided in 5 theme’s: Human and Animal Relations, Animal Nutrition, Biodiversity, Animal Health, Animal Welfare. You learn about physiology, anatomy, feed, epidemiology, animal husbandry, socio-economics, ecology etc. The thing that makes this programme so interesting is the way knowledge from research goes directly to education. This enhances your knowledge and skills as a student. Animal Sciences in Wageningen is unique because it is a academic programme but with a lot of feeling for current issues in society and has a very practical approach. There are a lot of practicals and cases from society you work on as a student. During your thesis you can chose your own subject. You also have a lot of possibilities to go abroad for an internship or thesis.
Within the MSc Animal Sciences you can choose from various specialisations. Each of the specialisations trains you to become an expert in the field. The specialisations in MSc Animal Sciences are:
- Animal Health Management;
- Animal Nutrition;
- Animal Health and Behaviour;
- Animal Breeding and Genetics;
- Animal Production Systems;
- Applied Zoology.
Animal scientists find work primarily in the business sector, such as in the feed and pharmaceutical (veterinary medicines) industries.
One of every five graduates works in these industries in a technical, commercial or supervisory function. In addition, there are many research jobs at universities and research institutions in the Netherlands and abroad.
One out of every six animal scientists works abroad (at least temporarily), in development cooperation, as a researcher or in business.
More than one-third of the researchers work as trainee research assistants (PhD): they work for four years on their own research project to earn their PhD. Commercial positions such as marketing manager, specialised engineer (where you are primarily involved with improving products or production methods), or supervisory positions.