8 Reasons to take that Animal Science Course

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A Career in Animal Science

Are you currently thinking about Animal Science Training? Maybe you consider yourself a Doctor Dolittle-type and plan on getting your hands dirty on a farm. Or perhaps you might see your future self rocking a lab coat, performing experiments that help mankind. Either way, for anyone debating whether or not to study Animal Science, we’ve compiled a handy list of 8 reasons to take that plunge:

1. Alternative to Veterinary Medicine

Unsurprisingly, the CAO points and/or entry requirements to Veterinary Medicine is sky high. Naturally, it’s a hugely popular discipline. The dedication it takes for students to be successful in their applications can be prohibitive. Animal Science is an excellent substitute for people who want to work in a similar field. While it’s still competitive to get in, it’s still that bit lower and students can always focus their study at postgraduate level.

2. Copious Career Options

Perhaps you love animals, are fond of science, but don’t have a clue what you want to be when you ‘grow up’. Don’t worry, your options progressing on from an education in Animal Science are incredibly diverse. While, of course, there are the usual suspects such as a career as a vet, or in farming. But you could always go into education. You could be a journalist/reporter. Marketing or PR for animal production is an option. You could be a safety consultant or even work for the government. You might go on to do clinical research or start your own business. There’s so much scope for development.

3. Save the Planet

Are you a warrior for climate change? Do you relish recycling and want to make a real difference when it comes to the environment? Animal Science Training puts special focus on sustainable management of natural resources (plants, animals, air, soils and water) within the context of agriculture and other industries. This field ensures the research and protection of the environment for future generations.

4. Make a Difference

Sure, a vet might make their lives of their furry charges better, relieve pain, treat illnesses. Or you could think globally! Animal Science researchers contribute to studies that change the progression of human food consumption. They work in areas where their research helps communities and impacts on industries across the world. Government officials trained in the area draft policies that affect the economy and environment.

5. Challenge Yourself

Animal Science is no picnic. If you plan on studying 3rd level and beyond, you’ll cover an intensive range of subjects such as Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Information Skills, Economics, Genetics, Marketing, Biotechnology, Nutrition, Biostatistics, Business Management, Microbiology, Animal Husbandry and Genomics. While these are pretty weighty topics, they are also rewarding and will benefit you and your future in the workforce. Make the most your training and budget appropriate time for study and prep.

6.The Great Outdoors

Unfortunately, not everyone is designed to sit behind a desk from nine to five. Many professions involving Animal Science see its practitioners outside and on locations for vast chunks of the day. You could find yourself analyzing soil samples, taking environmental reports, collecting data, or visiting animals on farms or zoos. Also, depending on the area you chose to specialize in, there’s plenty of scope for travel. Animal Science is the perfect choice for anyone who’s contracted a dose of wanderlust.

7. Save Lives

On the ground, Animal Scientists save the lives of animals. You only have to turn on TV shows such as SuperVet to see one of many emotional rescue stories. However, it’s important to note that researchers in this field develop and manufacture vaccines that save whole species. That’s not all; there are human lives to think about too. Animal Scientists study and prevent the diseases that spread between humans and animals.

8. The Animals

Of course, what would Animal Science be without the animals themselves? You will learn about them and understand them, from their psychology down to their basic biology. No matter what field you end up in, you will be a champion for animal development and welfare. Search Nightcourses.com for Animal Science Courses Now.

 

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Gemma Creagh

Gemma is a nomadic writer, filmmaker, & journalist. She was born in Cork, lives in Dublin, and studied in Belfast & Galway, where she graduated from NUIG’s Writing MA. She has penned articles for national publications and is the editorial assistant for Film Ireland Magazine. Gemma was the writer and co-producer of the five-part comedy ‘Rental Boys’ for RTÉ’s Storyland. Her short films have screened at festivals around the world.
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