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

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.)

Suggested Minors

  • Animal Health
  • Equine Studies

Clubs and Organizations

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