Animal Nutritionist

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Animal Nutritionists study and understand the nutritional needs of animals.

They might formulate diets or make recommendations based on an animal’s condition and type of physical activity (such as performance, reproduction, lactation, or overcoming nutritional deficiencies), and/or be involved in research or teaching activities.

Animal nutritionists understand biology, chemistry, animal husbandry, animal nutrition, anatomy and physiology, mathematics, animal science, animal behaviour, forage and food production, and ration formulation.

They might work at a university, animal feed manufacturing company, scientific research organisation, or sector organisation (such as DairyNZ).

Generally, Animal Nutritionists have a Bachelor’s degree in Science:

  • Animal Science
  • Biological Science
  • Biochemistry

Animal Nutritionists who undertake research have a postgraduate degree (Master’s or PhD) in science:

  • Animal Nutrition
  • Veterinarian Science


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For a career in science

For a science career (Research Technician, Statistician, Farm Advisor or Farm Systems Modeller), but not working as a scientist, you will need an undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s Degree) which generally takes three years’ university study.

To be a scientist

You need a postgraduate qualification (Master's or Doctorate) which takes four or more years’ university study. You could be an Animal Behaviour Scientist, Plant or Animal Geneticist, Agricultural Microbiologist or Reproduction Scientist.

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About DairyNZ

DairyNZ is an organisation that, through research, events, services, education and policy, works with dairy farmers to secure and enhance the profitability, sustainability and competitiveness of New Zealand dairy farming. New Zealand dairy farmers pay DairyNZ a levy to support them.