Undergraduate

Animal Science

In a world with a growing population, how to meet the ever-increasing demand for wholesome and safe food production is a global issue. Learn how technology and new practices are being used to ensure humane and sustainable production as industries expand.

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MJ-ANS

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Full Time or Part Time

Selection rank

70

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#1 in Australia

For median graduate salary for agriculture studies. 1

Australia’s only campus-based farm

Gain the advantage of hands-on experience in soil science, crop science and pasture science.

Eight weeks of industry placements

Undertake industry placements in farms and agriculture research programs across WA.

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Overview

The need to feed a growing Australian and global population means food production systems must become more efficient to meet demand.

Learn how technology and sustainable practices are being used to meet this increasing demand, while still ensuring the production of wholesome and safe food products. With an in-depth focus on developments in animal management, disease control, improved welfare and new molecular technologies, you’ll get a comprehensive understanding of animal production systems in a range of industries.

You’ll also explore how new DNA technologies are transforming our traditional food and fibre production systems, and the ways that these advances are moving from research to industry practice.

You can combine this course with other majors to expand your career prospects even further. Adding a Crop and Pasture Science major will expand your knowledge in the fields of animal production and crops and pastures, creating a well-rounded agriculture degree.

If you’d like to study Animal Science as a pathway to apply to study Veterinary Science, we recommend studying a double major which combines this course with Animal Health.

10 reasons to study Animal Science at Murdoch

  • Five-star rating for skills development for Veterinary Science.* 
    *Source: Good Universities Guide 2020
  • Learn on the only city-based university farm in Australia. Murdoch’s on-campus farm is an animal production property, meaning practical classes are held on campus.
  • You’ll get hands on experience in your first year of study with sheep, cattle, pigs and horses.
  • Complete a total of seven weeks industry experience throughout the course across three or more industries, so you’ll graduate confidence for the work place.
  • Have the opportunity to travel to the eastern states of Australia to compete at the Intercollegiate Meat Judging program, and the National Merino Challenge.
  • Learn in Murdoch’s hands-on sheep feedlot.
  • Tour WA’s South Western Region for a week during your third year, learning about WA’s agricultural industry.
  • Join one of our student interest groups on sheep, cattle, pigs, cats or dogs.
  • You’ll learn from lecturers who are leading national research projects with up to date information so you graduate with the latest knowledge in animal.
  • Gain industry experience with face-to-face interaction with farmers, consultants and experts in Australia’s livestock industries.

What you’ll learn

Build the knowledge and skills you need to meet your career or study goals. Here are some of the things you’ll learn:

  • livestock science and genetics
  • veterinary nutrition and animal toxicology
  • comparative mammalian biochemistry
  • animal structure and function
  • animal production systems.

Your future career

A major in Animal Science will give you opportunities to pursue a career in a wide range of fields, including agriculture, food production industries and research.

Careers could include:

  • Farm Business Manager
  • Research Advisor/Extension
  • Research Scientist
  • Technical Advisor
  • Agribusiness Consultant.

You could work in the private sector in agricultural consultancy, in government agencies, non-government organisations, or research and development institutions to help create safe and efficient animal production systems across the globe.

For further admission information about this course, please download our Information Pack.

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You must be able to meet a minimum standard in English to study at Murdoch, which may include the successful completion of a variety of English proficiency tests.

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Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

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Adjustment for Murdoch RISE

Murdoch RISE is a selection rank adjustment, as part of our commitment to helping students from regional, Indigenous and low socio-economic backgrounds gain university entry.

If you achieve an ATAR of 60.00 - 89.95, a Murdoch RISE adjustment factor of up to 10.00 points may help you get into your preferred course. Murdoch RISE can increase your selection rank up to a maximum of 90.00.

There’s no application or need to register. If you are eligible, the adjustment factor is automatically added to your raw ATAR score when you apply.

 

This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

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This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

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