Berry College’s animal science programs are designed to
prepare students for a professional career in animal-related industries. The
Department of Animal Science provides students with a firm foundation in the
biological and natural sciences as they relate to animal science in preparation
for meaningful, rewarding and challenging animal-related professions. The
program is based on high academic standards.
What are the animal science degree options?
In order to provide the best possible learning opportunities
to meet our student’s academic objectives, the Department of Animal Sciences
offers a bachelor of science degree within two distinct concentrations. In
addition, there is ample opportunity to pursue minor degrees.
I - Pre-Vet/Pre-Professional Science is intended for those wishing to pursue
post-graduate education such as veterinary medicine, research or other science
related fields. Course selection and electives are typically made in
consultation with an academic advisor to provide you with the best
opportunities to meet your academic objectives.
II – Production/Management is intended to provide maximum flexibility for
the student to specialize in areas of interest within the animal industry.
Graduates with animal science degrees often pursue careers in animal-related
industries such as pharmaceuticals, poultry production, county agriculture
extension work, and management of beef cattle and dairy operations. Course
selection and electives are typically made in consultation with an academic
advisor to provide you with the best opportunities to meet your academic
How good is the animal science program? How about acceptance
to veterinary schools?
One measure of the success of our animal science majors is
acceptance rates into veterinary schools that are more than double the national
average. In the past decade more than 90 percent of Berry students who applied
to veterinary schools were accepted. Berry students have been accepted into
more than 16 different veterinary schools in the United States and
What makes the Berry program different?
Berry offers one of only two dedicated undergraduate animal
science and pre-veterinary curriculums in Georgia. You’ll find:
academic curriculums that are intended to help prepare you for post-graduate
schools as well as pursuing careers in animal-related industries.
classes and hands-on laboratories designed to enhance the learning environment.
members whose primary objective is to teach and help students develop to their
firsthand experience working with domestic animals at an unprecedented level.
student work opportunities for all Berry students.
What other opportunities are available for animal science
The student work opportunities are extensive at Berry
College. These include the chance to
work at the livestock units such as the Gunby Equine Center and the Rollins
Center which includes the dairy, beef cattle and sheep facilities. This
opportunity allows you to gain additional hands-on experiences will help build
your expertise and broaden your resume.
Faculty in the department research related to both domestic
and wild animals. What is unique is that you can become a research assistant
and be a part of a research team. This is invaluable experience, particularly
for those whom want to continue their education in graduate school or
Internships and study abroad programs are excellent ways to
broaden your perspective and gain additional experiences.
There are many student clubs and organizations available at
Berry College. The Department of Animal Science is home to the Berry College
chapters of the following national organizations: Alpha Zeta, The National
Honorary Fraternity of Agriculture; the Block and Bridle Club, FFA chapter, and
the Pre-Vet Club.
What are the Animal Science facilities?
Westcott Building is the primary center of activity for the animal science
• The Gunby
Equine Center maintains several breeds of horses to meet the needs for teaching
and research, and also serves as the home for the Berry College Intercollegiate
• The Rollins
Ruminant Center is the home to several of the livestock units.
The beef cattle unit consists of two distinct herds. The
college maintains a registered herd of exceptional Angus cattle. There is also
a commercial crossbred herd of beef cattle. The Berry College Dairy maintains a
nationally recognized registered herd of Jersey cattle. The sheep unit consists predominantly of the
hair breed, Katahdin, as well as some wool breeds.
A small avian facility is used for poultry and quail
involved in teaching or research projects.