The Bachelor of Science in Animal Science provides students with the knowledge and skills needed for careers and graduate programs in production animal agriculture. The Animal Science degree offers students multiple opportunities to engage in hands-on learning. Students are involved in a number of major projects including: poultry production and related research projects; artificial insemination schools for both small ruminants and cattle; and forage and grazing production and research. Students will visit a variety of local livestock, poultry and equine facilities as well as handle the animals at the UMO Student Farm. Animal Science labs are limited to 15 students per section to allow for a high level of student participation.
Earn Certifications as a Student
Before students graduate, they will have the opportunity to become certified in Pork Quality Assurance, Transport Quality Assurance, Beef Quality Assurance, Livestock and Poultry Pests, Operator in Charge Type A, and FAMACHA.
Gain Experience Through an Internship
UMO students have participated in summer internships with swine and poultry integrators such as Smithfield Foods, Prestage Farms, Goldsboro Milling, Sanderson Farms and Butterball. Other internships have been completed with the NCDA Research Stations, NC Cooperative Extension, and family dairy and beef cattle farms.
Career opportunities in Animal Science include:
- Farm and Ranch Managers
- Feedlot Operators
- Animal Nutritionists
- Animal Feed Sales
- Animal Health Product Sales
- Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory Technicians
- Animal Research Technician
- Food and Animal Inspectors with State and Federal Agencies
- Animal Breeding/Reproductive Technician
- Livestock Extension Agents
Dr. Heather Glennon came to UMO in August 2015. She received her MS degree in Animal Science and her Ph.D. in Crop Science at North Carolina State University. She spent 15 years as a Research Specialist conducting small ruminant parasitology and forage research. She also served as a 4-H/Livestock Extension Agent with Penn State University. Dr. Glennon currently teaches Animal Production and Management, Animal Nutrition, Issues in Agriculture, and Forage and Weed Management courses.
Dr. Will Farmer joined the faculty at UMO in January 2018. He received his MS and Ph.D. degrees in Animal Science at North Carolina State University. In addition, he completed his post-doctoral training in Reproductive Toxicology with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2017. Previously, Dr. Farmer has worked as large animal veterinary technician, a research assistant for porcine studies, and taught at local community colleges. Currently he teaches Animal Breeding and Genetics, Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals, and Reproductive Physiology of Livestock.