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Animal Science (B.S.) - Food Animal Health Specialization

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Leading scientific discoveries and preparing for veterinary school.

Innovations in animal science contribute to improved management, growth, efficiency, health and performance of livestock. Discovering new knowledge in animal nutrition, reproduction and growth, as well as meat science requires a strong background in the sciences, which this specialization will provide. The food animal health specialization is designed to meet course requirements of the pre-veterinary medicine curriculum for the SDSU professional program in veterinary medicine and some other veterinary schools.

Students will be required to complete at least one year of courses at South Dakota State University and be successfully admitted to the accelerated track for the SDSU professional (DVM) program in veterinary medicine program to declare this specialization. The accelerated program will allow students to complete 19 credits of coursework for their bachelor’s degree and the PPVM program.

As a veterinarian, you will use your knowledge of science and problem-solving skills to directly help animals, ensure a wholesome and safe food supply and help protect public and environmental health. Veterinarians have a broad set of skills that make them valuable in clinical, research, educational and government settings.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Have an interest in science and the livestock industries.
  • Like to work with livestock and pets.
  • Are interested in medicine and well-being of animals.
  • Are a problem solver and analytical thinker.
  • Enjoy biology and other sciences.

Career Opportunities

  • Large or mixed /small animal veterinary practice
  • Animal health research
  • Animal disease diagnostics
  • Public health and governmental veterinary work

Internship Opportunities

  • Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory at SDSU (ADRDL)
  • Area veterinary clinics and hospitals
  • On-campus laboratory research with professors
  • Area animal research companies
  • SDSU animal units (cow-calf, dairy, horse, etc.)

Clubs and Organizations

  • Pre-Veterinary Club
  • Block and Bridle
  • Collegiate 4-H
  • Horse Club
  • Swine Club

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.