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Sarah Young, Chairperson
Bruce F. Richards
Robin S. Shedlauskas
The Animal Science Department offers a four-year Bachelor of Science degree. Students can select from two specializations offered by the department: Livestock Science and Management or Pre-Professional. Students selecting the Livestock Science specialization will also learn the humane care, science, use, and production of farm animals as they are used for the production of meat and fiber. The Pre-Professional specialization, which requires more courses to be taken in biology, chemistry and mathematics, is expected to appeal to those students who have an interest in the Animal Sciences and are considering furthering their education in either veterinary or graduate school.
The Department maintains livestock facilities which give students an opportunity to participate in the care, breeding, and management of beef cattle, sheep, swine, and horses. All livestock facilities are located on campus and within walking distance of the dormitories and classrooms. Graduates of the Animal Science Department have a wide variety of career options available due to the diversity of the collegiate training and the work experience related to the major.
Delaware Valley University Animal Science graduates are sought by industry for employment as livestock managers and herd managers, breed association representatives, extension livestock specialists, and artificial insemination technicians. As a result of training in both livestock production and business, many graduates obtain employment with pharmaceutical companies, feed manufacturers, and veterinary supply companies. Students graduating recently with a degree in Animal Science have found positions such as: Animal Caretaker, Cooperative Extension Agent, Lab Technician, Herdsperson, Kennel Manager, and Zookeeper.
Animal Science also offers the opportunity for a career in education. Many graduates are involved with 4-H, and FFA programs as well as teaching vocational education and science in high schools. For graduates interested in pursuing additional training in either veterinary medicine or graduate studies, one will find DelVal alumni attending universities throughout the U.S.
The total number of credits required for graduation with a degree in Animal Science is 128 credits, which includes 4 credits for completion of the Experiential Learning Program.
The Experiential Learning Program (E360) at Delaware Valley University is a graduation requirement for all full-time undergraduate students. Students can choose from multiple experiential learning activities and will earn 4 credits for the E360 depending on their major’s program requirements.
- Full-time undergraduate students must complete a minimum of two experiential learning activities with at least one for academic credit.
- Students must have completed 27 credits to enroll in Experiential Learning Activities.
- All students must complete an introductory course prior to enrolling in any Experiential Learning Activities.
Students must consult with their Department Chair for specific major requirements to complete the Experiential Learning Program.
The curriculum in Dairy Science emphasizes the basic sciences, economics, and general education, as well as courses in professional dairy science. As a result, the students are prepared to enter a wide variety of occupations directly and indirectly related to the field of specialization.
With a 95% rate of placing graduates within six months of graduation, there are a variety of employment opportunities for Dairy Science graduates. Opportunities are found principally in six occupational categories: sales and service, production, teaching, veterinary medicine, research and agribusiness. The drug and feed industries are particularly interested in dairy science graduates for sales and administrative positions. Service opportunities are available in state and federal civil services, artificial insemination, state extension services, dairy plant and farm inspection, and cooperatives offering supplies and services to the dairyman.
A number of graduates enter productive farming as dairy herd managers, farm managers, and farm owners. Teaching at the secondary school level in the sciences has become an increasingly popular field for graduates in dairy science. In recent years, graduate work leading to industrial research and college teaching positions has been attracting a number of graduates.
Students interested in attending veterinary school can meet the requirements for veterinary programs offered in the United States through the Dairy Science program. Veterinary schools have unique admission requirements; thus, students should choose their undergraduate elective credits carefully to meet veterinary school requirements.
The total number of credits required for graduation with a degree in Dairy Science is 131, which includes 4 credits for completion of the Experiential Learning. The Experience360 (E360) at Delaware Valley University is a graduation requirement for all fulltime undergraduate students. Students can choose from multiple E360 activities and will earn 4 credits for the E360 depending on their major’s program requirements.
• Full-time undergraduate students must complete a minimum of two experiential learning activities with at least one for academic credit.
• Students must have completed 27 credits to enroll in Experiential Learning Activities.
• All students must complete an introductory course prior to enrolling in any Experiential Learning Activities.
Students must consult with their Department Chair for specific major requirements to complete Experience360.
Students specializing in Livestock Science and Management may take additional courses that may be approved for a Minor in Pre-veterinary Science. Substitutions may be arranged in advance with permission of the Animal Science department chairperson.
Animal Science students may participate in a one-semester exchange program at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire, Great Britain during the spring semester of their junior year. Contact the Animal Science Department to apply.
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