Animal Science Scholarships

The academic field of animal sciences involves the scientific study of the breeding and husbandry of agricultural animals. Also part of this field of study is the production and distribution of agricultural animal products. If you like working with animals and have a mind for business, this could be your career calling. Continue reading to find out more about this major and the world of animal science scholarships.

An animal science bachelor's degree is often the program of choice for those that plan on continuing their studies in pursuit of becoming a veterinarian and also for those that plan on owning their own farm. Here you work directly with goats, pigs, sheep, cows and bulls as you learn about breeding, nutrition, reproduction, feeding and management. 

These programs come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Most programs feature a combination of instruction methods, involving both theoretical lecture-based courses along with practical hands-on training. Courses you might encounter in this type of program include livestock genetics, animal biotechnology, physiology of lactation, meat science, beef cattle production and reproductive management. Along with your core courses you'll also take liberal arts and humanities electives such as English, public speaking and social science courses.

Farm internships are a requirement in nearly all programs. These are usually designed so that the student spends a semester or more working on a farm or in some other agricultural animal setting. Many programs also feature a study-abroad option, where you can spend a semester working on a farm in an exotic location such as Costa Rica, Thailand or France.

The employment outlook for careers related to this major is mixed. Veterinarians are expected to see a 36% increase in jobs over the coming decade. The much faster than average job growth will be fueled by the nation's growing pet population. This increase, then, will probably not be felt as strongly in the agricultural sector of vet practitioners. Agricultural farmers are expected to see a decrease in jobs between now and 2020. This will result because of farm consolidation as well as increased efficiency.

Follow the links below to continue exploring the world of animal science scholarships. 

R&D Systems Scholarship Application Fall 2018

R&D Systems is proud to support education in science with a scholarship program established to students who are pursuing a degree in a science related field. The R&D Systems Scholarship Program will be awarded to students pursuing a degree in a science related field. A $1500 (or international currency equivalent) scholarship will be awarded twice a year for one student in the fall semester and one student in the spring semester.

Marshall McCullough/National Dairy Shrine Schp

Applicant must be a high school senior planning to enter a four-year college or university with intent to major in Dairy/Animal Science with a Communications emphasis or Agricultural Journalism with a Dairy/Animal Science emphasis. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen.

Thomas H. Lutsey Rural Scholarship

Special Qualifications: • Applicant's career choice needs to be one that enhances rural communities such as dairy science, animal science, agricultural engineering, veterinary medicine, agricultural economics, biotechnology, computer science, environmental science, businessRequirements:# Transcripts# ReferencesOther Requirements: • Student Aid Report (SAR) from FAFSA • Financial need is considered • Must be a graduating senior from North East WisconsinRenewable: YesRenewal Criteria: 3.0+ GPA & approval of committee

NDS / Maurice E. Core Scholarship

One scholarship is available to freshman status college students who are majoring in a dairy/animal industry related field with interest in working in the dairy industry in the future. Scholarship is based on leadership abilities, volunteerism, activities and plans for the future. This scholarship sponsored by the Core Scholarship fund, a fund donated by the Friends of Maurice E. Core, longtime leader in the Jersey breed and National Dairy Shrine.

Audrie King Memorial Endowment

Eligibility criteria: Open to: Continuing Cal Poly Pomona Students who are Sophomores, Juniors, or Seniors Major: Animal and Vet Sciences Minimum GPA: 3.0 Unit load required: Full-Time (undergraduate 12 units, graduate 8 units) Required activities or participation: None Limited to students with calculated financial need: None Other criteria: Preference given to participation in AVS student club activities, membership in professional student organization, community service (especially animal shelters and humane societies), livestock experience

Research Internships at Lincoln Park Zoo

Scholarship DescriptionLincoln Park Zoo’s Research Internship program focuses on training young scientists to conduct independent research projects that are relevant to the management and conservation of small captive populations. These internships are funded through generous grants from the Dr. Scholl Foundation, The Chicago Community Trust, the Rice Foundation, and in memory of Lincoln Park Zoo’s former Curator of Reptiles, Ed Almandarz. The zoo provides unique opportunities for undergraduates and recent graduates to gain research experience on exotic species in a captive setting.The internship program is based in the Department of Conservation and Science and offers a unique opportunity to conduct research in a variety of areas and gain valuable experience while being a part of the zoo’s team approach to research and management of small populations. Interns have the opportunity to conduct research projects under the guidance of staff scientists in one or more of the following areas:-Demography-Population Genetics-Population Modeling-Animal Behavior-Nutrition-Epidemiology-ConservationInternships are a minimum of three months and a maximum of one year in duration. Three-month internships are usually filled in the summer months by college sophomores, juniors, or recently graduated seniors. Recent college graduates are also eligible for longer internships (maximum of one year).Since its inception the program has trained more than 60 undergraduate and graduate students. Student projects have resulted in published papers, scientific presentations, undergraduate honors theses, master’s theses, or Ph.D. dissertations. All the students have gained important and substantive research experience that is vital to their future success in the biological sciences. The majority of previous interns go on to professional careers in science, including veterinary school, and graduate school in the biological sciences; several have obtained jobs in Lincoln Park Zoo’s Department of Conservation and Science.DETAILSInternship availability varies throughout the year. When internship positions are available, they will be posted here on the zoo’s employment page. If no internship positions are posted but you would like us to keep your information on file for future openings, e-mail a copy of your resume to Be sure to mention the internship area (behavior, population genetics, etc.) and time-frame you are interested in.

Marina Sirtis Veterinary Science Scholarship

Ms. Sirtis is an animal rights advocate and wanted to encourage people to study veterinary medicine and related fields.

Al Piccetti NMA Memorial Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS1. Only sophomores, juniors, and seniors pursuing an approved program in Animal Science, Meat Science, Food Science or related discipline at an accredited educational institution are eligible.2. Applicants must be attending 4-year colleges or universities with either Animal, Meat or Food Science departments.3. Applicants must have a cumulative 2.75 Grade Point Average (GPA) (A = 4.00) to apply.4. Applicants must have the recommendation of both the department head and a faculty member familiar with their work.5. Scholarship applicants must be enrolled in an approved program at the time the scholarship becomes effective.Freshmen who apply must be sophomores at the time the scholarship becomes effective.6. Applicants who receive an award must remain enrolled in the approved major and university during the term of their scholarship. Awardees who withdraw from school or transfer to another major during the term of their scholarship must return the unused balance of the award to the NMA Scholarship Foundation.7. Senior Students must enroll as undergraduates for two consecutive semesters (or equivalent ) beyond theeffective date of the scholarship.8. It is the policy of the NMA Scholarship Foundation to bar recipients in any one year from being eligible for two consecutive years.Financial need, age, gender, or national origin are not conditions of eligibility for any of the awards.

AQHF Racing Scholarship

$4,000 or $8,000 scholarship Ideal candidates are applicants who have experience within the racing industry or are seeking a career in the industry. Applicants seeking a career in the racing industry may specialize in veterinary medicine, racetrack management or other related fields. Applicants may apply during their senior year of high school or while enrolled at an accredited college, university or vocational school, and must maintain a minimum cumulative 2.5 grade point average. Funding for this scholarship may be applied to a two or four-year degree program as specified above.

Novus Biologicals Scholarship Program Fall 2018

Research is a critical component for the development and advancement in the life science community. We want to further scientific achievement by helping students who are interested in developing a career in science. The Novus Biologicals Scholarship Program is awarded to students pursuing a degree in a science related field twice a year. A $1500 (or international currency equivalent) scholarship will be awarded to one student for the fall and spring semesters.

$1000 Veterinary Medicine - Exotics Interest Scholarship

Non-traditional animal species are becoming more popular as pets throughout the world. There is a greater need for an understanding of the husbandry and health care of these exotic pets. The field of zoo and wildlife medicine is seeing increased interest as conservation and rehabilitation efforts continue to grow. These animals need specialized care from trained professionals. Oxbow understands the need for well-trained and prepared veterinarians in these exciting fields within veterinary medicine. Oxbow’s Veterinary Medicine Scholarship is for students currently enrolled in a veterinary school and demonstrate an interest in small and exotic animal medicine. To Qualify: • Complete the application available online at • Submit a resume describing activities and job history • Provide two letters of reference • Provide proof of full-time enrollment in a college or university • Submit a 300-500 word essay on one of the following topics: 1. The Future of Exotic Animal Medicine 2. The Role of Nutrition in Animal Health 3. Two of the Greatest Challenges in Exotic Animal Health

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