Animal nutritionists aim to increase and promote the understanding of the effect of diet on the health, wellbeing and productivity of animals.
They are active mostly in the field of agriculture, where they provide advice and information on animal nutrition as well as designing and evaluating the diets of the animals in question. They may also work on the production of food for zoo and companion animals (pets), and advise on issues related to feeding them.
Animal nutritionists have expertise and an interest in science and animal welfare and often need strong business management and communication skills. They can be found working for government departments, agricultural advisory bodies, international development agencies, educational and research institutions, animal food production companies and as freelance consultants.
Animal nutritionists can be generally divided into those who work directly with farmers and those who work for feed companies, and everyday tasks will vary accordingly.
Typical tasks may include:
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