Animal Science

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 program offers students multiple opportunities to engage in of 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.  If you are interested in becoming a veterinarian, please see the Veterinary Bioscience degree.

Key Program Features

Participation in animal science and livestock competitions such as the North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge, Livestock Judging, Animal Science Quadrathalon and Forage Quiz Bowl. Students also have the opportunity to attend conferences at the local, state, regional, and national levels.

Industry recognized certifications to build on classroom and applied learning to prepare students for careers.

Applied learning opportunities at the Kornegay Student Farm with pastured raised goats, sheep, calves and chickens as well as visits to local farms to prepare students to research and communicate with others about agricultural issues.

UMO Animal Science Club organizes monthly meetings/activities to educate and expose students to working with large and small animals. HR representatives from livestock and poultry agribusinesses as well as county, state and federal government employees discuss potential internships and careers. Students also attend community events and fairs to teach the public about agriculture.

Program Details

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.

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.

Cameron Starnes, class of ‘22, was inspired to study Animal Science at UMO because he grew up working side by side with his grandfather on their chicken farm in Marshville, NC. He is now a Broiler Service Tech/Flock Advisor with Tyson Foods. In this role, Cameron provides technical assistance to growers in Union County and the surrounding areas to make sure the million plus broilers in his territory have the proper care and comfort. His favorite part of the job is communicating and interacting with the farmers.

Cameron chose the University of Mount Olive to help him expand his poultry knowledge because of its small size and numerous opportunities to interact with faculty members. In fact, UMO was the only university that he applied to! Cameron says “I loved all my professors because they cared about me and wanted me to succeed.” His advisor, Dr. Heather Glennon states “I knew Cameron had found his calling after he completed his summer internship with a poultry integrator and every conversation we had afterwards revolved around growing chickens!”

Cameron’s advice for current students is “Don’t rush through school. Enjoy every day and make it count. Four years go by super fast and the next thing you know you’ve graduated and have to pay bills”.

More Information

Traditional Undergraduate Degree Sheets
  • 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