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
Animal Nutritionists who undertake research have a postgraduate degree (Master’s or PhD) in science:
- Animal Nutrition
- Veterinarian Science
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.
Where to study
Invaluable networking and mentoring opportunities, and financial support