Animal and Veterinary Science

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

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Earn Your Degree at UW

Do you prefer working with animals instead of being stationed at a desk? Do you have a preference for running cattle, like your dad, or sheep, like your mom? Are you constantly intrigued by science, anatomy, the food system, and baby animals?

Whether you are looking to feed the world, cowboy up or prevent disease in animals, the animal and veterinary science degree program at the University of Wyoming can be your introduction to a vast landscape of animal-related and agricultural careers.

What is Animal & Veterinary Science?

Animal and veterinary science is a hands-on major in which you will study subjects related to meat-animal production and the health and well-being of animals. From animal physiology and nutrition to marketing, meat processing, organic chemistry and microbiology, you will have the opportunity to customize your degree to your desired career.

Yes, you will learn the necessary science to fuel your future, but you are just as likely to have your arm in a cannulated cow, handling livestock at the farm, or study diseases that affect Wyoming’s livestock or wildlife.

The major in Animal and Veterinary Sciences (ANVS) is offered jointly through the Department of Animal Science, and the Department of Veterinary Sciences. Faculty in these departments have expertise that cover the eight concentrations.


The College of Agriculture, Life Sciences and Natural Resources has an immense amount of minors that allows you to match your degree to your individual interests. Some of those minors include:


  • Agricultural Business
  • Agroecology
  • Agronomy
  • Equine Science
  • Biology
  • Farm and Ranch Management
  • Insect Biology
  • Plant Protection
  • Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management
  • Soil Science
  • Wildlife Fisheries Biology Management
  • Zoology 

View the full list of College of Agriculture, Life Science and Natural Resources' minors

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What can you do with an animal and veterinary science bachelor's degree?

Maybe you want to start your own veterinary practice, raise grass-fed cattle or revivify wool-processing in the United States. The animal and veterinary science program at the University of Wyoming gives you the flexibility and hands-on experiences that allow you to break your own trail. The UW animal and veterinary science degree program has been designed to prepare you for graduate school, veterinary medical school and careers.

Animal and Veterinary Science Careers

  • Animal sales
  • Artificial insemination technician
  • Breed analyst
  • Breed association sales/promotion
  • Extension educator
  • Feed sales/consultant
  • Food processing manager
  • Food/feed testing service
  • Laboratory animal technician/manager
  • Livestock herdsman/manager
  • Marketing/meat packing/processing specialist
  • Pharmaceutical sales/service
  • Public relations
  • Quality assurance specialist
  • Ranch manager
  • Research farm manager
  • USDA meat inspector or grader
  • Veterinarian
  • Zoo animal specialist


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Here are just a few of the places where University of Wyoming animal and veterinary science alumni are making a difference:

  • National Western Stock Show
  • Colorado Corn
  • Southwest National Primate Research Center
  • Progressive School for Dogs
  • Thoroughbred Daily News
  • Wyoming Beef Council
  • Wyoming Equine
  • McQuay Stables
  • American Farm Bureau Federation
  • Albany County StockGrowers
  • Ward Laboratories
  • Veterinarians in private practice in Wyoming and elsewhere 
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Animal and Veterinary Science Bachelor’s Degree Program Highlights

The animal and veterinary science program offers a rich educational experience characterized by small classes, amazing facilities, undergraduate research, career-enhancing work experience and intercollegiate competitions.

Check out these opportunities for animal and veterinary science students:


Although it is not required for degree completion, students are encouraged to participate in internship opportunities to expand their learning. Work at the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory right on campus. Gain on the job experience at one of UW’s state research stations. Intern with UW’s own Cowboy Branded Meats program, the National Western Stock Show and other animal and agricultural organizations.

Clubs, Organizations & Teams

Get involved and get experience in one or more of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources 30 student groups. Groups like the Food Science Club, the Livestock Judging Team, the Rodeo Club, the Wool Judging Team, the pre-vet club, the Ranch Horse Team and the Shotgun Team are always eager to welcome new students who want to be involved outside of the classroom.


Take advantage of UW’s remarkable facilities that include the only wool-scouring train on a college campus, the 47,500- square-foot Cliff and Martha Hansen Teaching Arena, the Laramie Research & Extension Center with its large-capacity livestock pens, a state-inspected meat lab, the Wyoming State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, and modern research labs.

Undergraduate Research

Work with professors conducting research in areas such as animal nutrition, reproductive biology, livestock production systems, diseases of food animals and wildlife, and meat science and food technology. Undergraduate research can prepare students for future academic endeavors, including our competitive graduate and advanced degree programs.

We get to participate in hands-on learning, whether it be out at the farm, riding horses or even in the lab. It seems like we get emails every other day about participating in research projects, which I feel is super neat. I think that sets us apart. It will really increase our learning experience.

- Kaitlyan Reed, B.S. in Animal and Veterinary Science ’20

Contact Us

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Department of Animal Science

Department 3684, 1000 E. University Avenue

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2224