Animal science and management

Claire Guy, Careers adviser
March, 2017

There are a range of career options on offer for those who want to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of pets, working animals, livestock and wildlife

Job options

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.

Work experience

Many organisations working with animals in the UK are charities, so they rely heavily on volunteers. This is great news in terms of gaining work experience. Approach animal sanctuaries, rescue centres, visitor attractions with animals on site, zoos, safari parks or veterinary practices to offer help. Often organisations have volunteering sections on their websites.

You may be able to find work on livestock farms, particularly during seasonal peaks, such as when animals are birthing. You could volunteer as a dog walker for elderly people unable to exercise their pets, or write campaign documents for animal rights organisations. If you don't have much time to give, you could help out at animal events such as horse shows.

For those with a thirst for adventure, opportunities abound worldwide for animal-based gap year experiences, holidays and welfare projects, some on a voluntary basis, and others which have cost implications.

Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.

Typical employers

Employers include animal charities, who may focus on welfare, training, rescue, conservation, rehoming, or campaigning. Many organisations combine several or all of these strands, and may offer 'hands-on' opportunities in general animal care.

Scientific organisations like pharmaceutical companies or medical research companies may employ graduates to care for animals in laboratories. Zoos and sanctuaries are common employers, as are international welfare organisations campaigning, fundraising and protecting animals worldwide.

Animal nutrition is a growing area with opportunities in animal health, feed development and sales. Local government and animal enforcement organisations employ graduates to protect the welfare of pets, livestock and leisure animals such as those used for racing and riding.

Find information on employers in charity and voluntary work, environment and agriculture and science and pharmaceuticals.

Skills for your CV

As well as specialist knowledge in areas such as animal physiology, biology, reproduction and behaviour, many animal science and management degrees equip you with a range of practical skills around animal handling, husbandry and training. You will also develop scientific research skills, such as behavioural measurement.

Employers from other sectors also value skills from the degree, such as the ability to explain complex ideas, report writing, independent working, and collaborating with others.

Further study

Animal science and management graduates can move on to a range of employment and further study options.

Animal based employment is often competitive, so postgraduate qualifications can provide candidates with an edge. Areas of study include nutrition, conservation, zoo management, welfare and behaviour.

For more information on further study and to find a course that interests you, see Masters degrees and search postgraduate courses.

What do animal science and management graduates do?

One fifth find employment in animal care services. Veterinary nursing is also popular, but this role is likely to require extra training. The majority of these graduates go straight into employment after finishing their degree.

Further study17.6
Working and studying6.4
Graduate destinations for animal science and management
Type of workPercentage
Childcare, health and education work37
Retail, catering and bar work14.8
Technicians and other professionals7.6
Health professionals6.3
Types of work entered in the UK

Find out what other graduates are doing six months after finishing their degrees in What Do Graduates Do?

Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.