Animal Health Major

Animal Health Major

Available at: Athens

Animal Health majors have the opportunity to apply veterinary school after their third year of studies here or continue on the traditional four-year track and earn a baccalaureate degree in animal science, avian biology, poultry science, biological science or dairy science, and then apply to vet school or pursue other career opportunities. Animal Health students must declare a co-major after the completion of 60 hours of credit.

What does an Animal Health Major Study?


View the course plan below for a typical course sequence of an Animal Health major. You will determine the right courses to match your interests with assistance from your advisor.

See required Animal Health courses and available electives in the UGA Bulletin.


To prepare for courses to earn an Animal Health degree we recommend you:

  • Volunteer or work for a veterinarian, farm, animal shelter or human society
  • Take available AP and Honors science courses prior to attending UGA
  • Participate in any school or community animal and/or biological science clubs or organizations
  • Engage in animal-related student projects
  • Attend Avian Adventures

What can an Animal Health student do outside of class?

Hands-On Learning

  • Instruction with live birds
  • Labs with live specimens
  • Undergraduate research opportunities
  • Internship opportunities with Cooperative Extension, breed associations, feed companies, animal health companies, laboratories, etc.
  • Study abroad opportunities

What jobs can I get with an Animal Health degree?

Career Potential

  • Veterinarian
  • Career in Poultry or Animal Agriculture
  • County Extension Agent
  • Lab Technician
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Vocational Agriculture Teacher


(Career potential is dependent on co-major selection)

Entry-Level Salary

Entry level salary is dependent on completion of co-major and/or success completion of veterinary school. 


See 2013/2014 Entry-Level Salary Information for Recent Graduates in Agriculture and Related Disciplines

How do I pay for college?


Each year the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) awards scholarships to students enrolled in our majors.

Go to CAES Scholarships.

Financial Aid

To find out about deadlines and eligibility requirements, visit the University of Georgia Office of Student Financial Aid.

  • CAES Office of Academic Affairs
  • 102 Conner Hall
  • Athens, Georgia 30602
  • 706-542-1611

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