Domestic animals play a more significant role in our lives than we realise! Cows, sheep and poultry are vital to our food production. We share companionship with our pet dogs, cats, birds and even goldfish.

The Animal Science and Management major brings together studies in animal nutrition, growth and development, behaviour and welfare, genetics and breeding, health, livestock science and reproduction, and biotechnology. These studies allow people to manage animals in a way that integrates animal welfare with modern and demanding production requirements. You can choose to specialise in Animal Behaviour and Welfare, Livestock Production, or Animal Science.

This major will help you develop an understanding of the biology of domestic and captive animals, as well as their care, management and use as a resource for food, fibre, recreation and companionship. You will learn about the complex ethical and moral issues facing society concerning animal ownership, and will have the opportunity to focus on the systems management of a chosen species or classification of animals.

Penelope Hicks

"I have always been passionate about animal conservation and zoology, and pandas are my favourite animals. Biology was my best subject in high school, and my favourite subject, so I decided to do Science and see where it would lead. I hope in future to combine my interests in both zoology and veterinary medicine through studying conservation medicine or becoming a zoo vet."


  • Career Outcomes

    Graduates with a major in Animal Science and Management can explore careers in the public or private sectors related to a wide range of animal production, environmental, biomedical and service industries, and community organisations concerned with public good. These can include careers in the following sectors:

    • Enterprise management – manager of large livestock enterprises or farm service businesses (e.g. feed or animal health companies), adviser, livestock improvement officer, consultant or research scientist. Careers are available across the whole food supply chain, from the farm level to processing, distribution and marketing;
    • Animal research and biotechnology industries – animal molecular genetics and breeding, identification and quality assurance, biotechnology in health related research and management methods;
    • Agriculture industries and animal production – animal nutritionist, development of animal health products, environmental management in animal industries, quality assurance, horse industries, dairy herd and farm management, pig and poultry manager, pasture agronomist/adviser;
    • Animal care and welfare – animal welfare and protection, animal behaviour, improvement of conditions and treatment of animals, stockmanship and quality assurance, animal health services, improved and alternative management strategies.

    Earnings for life scientists, which includes Animal Science and Management, are above average and employment for this occupation is expected to grow moderately to 2019.

  • Graduate Pathways

    Bachelor of Science graduates with an Animal Science and Management major are very well prepared for:

    • Pathways to further study in agricultural and animal sciences;
    • Professionally focused graduate degrees in the sciences and technology, including biotechnology, environmental systems, informatics and nanotechnology;
    • Graduate degrees preparing for a wide range of professions including engineering, law, medicine and other health sciences and teaching;
    • Masters and Honours pathways to research higher-degrees in the sciences and technology within the Faculty of Science, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Melbourne School of Engineering, and the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

Sample Course Plans
Majoring in  Animal Science and Management

The flexibility of the BSc means you can adapt your study plan to your situation, or combine your major with another study area of interest. See some examples below.

Major Core Prerequisite
Major core
Complementary / Recommended
Major Selective Prerequisite
Major Selective
Breadth subject / Science Elective