Animal Health, Welfare and Nutrition
Animal health, welfare and nutrition are key issues that constrain production and limit the efficiency and sustainability of livestock production.
People working in animal health, welfare and nutrition examine the ways in which genetics, nutrition, disease control and behaviour of animals can be managed to improve animal well-being in livestock and companion animals.
Animal nutritionists examine the needs of animals based on individual factors, such as age and breed as well as analyse the nutritive values of animal feed products.
- Conduct and evaluate dietary studies and other fodder, food and nutrition-related research
- Develop and administer food, fodder and nutrition policies as required
- Educating individuals and groups on appropriate diets, product mix, dietary planning and preparation of fodder or food to treat illness or disease, and/or to enhance and maintain optimum health and productive performance
- Determine performance benchmarks as defined by regulatory and company policies
- Advise on product development and marketing strategies and provide nutritional information to consumer market
- Monitor aspects of feed manufacturing and quality control
- Research alternative raw product inputs for desired minimum nutritional outcomes
- Agricultural communications and media firms
- Agriculture industries and animal production
- Animal care and welfare
- Animal health firms
- Animal research and biotechnology industries
- Breed organisations
- Extension services
- Federal, state and local government agencies
- Feed companies and operations
- Financial institutions
- Food and meat processing companies
- Inspection services
- Livestock producers
- Livestock publications
- Pharmaceutical companies
- Research laboratories
- Universities of veterinary medicine
- Zoos and Wildlife sanctuaries
Animal nutrition scientists enjoy working with animals, have strong communication skills, work independently and as part of a team and have good analytical, problem solving and organisational skills.
- Engaging with industry and confirming key interest areas and relevant experience can make you more competitive.
- Undertaking part-time work or work experience on a property or business which runs production animals, or at the zoo or wildlife sanctuaries.
- Joining industry relevant committees (e.g. Royal Agricultural Society).
- Volunteering with RSPCA or other animal advocacy groups, and at agricultural shows.
- Gaining laboratory experience (through temporary agencies offering student opportunities).
Course Choices for Animal Health, Welfare and Nutrition
Animal health and nutrition - researching and designing feed rations for livestock
- Bachelor of Animal Science (Livestock Production)
- Bachelor of Rural Science
- Bachelor of Science (Honours in Animal Science) *
Animal husbandry management
- Bachelor of Agriculture (Animal Production) *
- Bachelor of Agriculture Production and Management (Livestock Production or Feedlot Management)
- Bachelor of Agriculture/Bachelor of Business
* For Bachelor of Agriculture students with high academic results wanting to complete a research project.