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.