Since the emergence of changing demand and perception of modern society, the relationships between people and animals have been an integral part of our society, economy and culture. Animals provide us with food, clothing, recreation and companionship. Animal Science – the study of the biological function of domestic and captive animals and their utilization by people – focuses on modern, efficient and humane ways to care for and make the best use of the animals who share our lives.
BS course provides training in the major disciplines of Animal Sciences and prepares graduates for careers in a broad range of professions working with animals or within animal-related industries i.e. teaching, research, government advisory or regulatory roles, commerce and industries allied to animal health, welfare, nutrition, and the management of populations of free-living or captive wild animals. The degree provides a broad foundation in biological sciences and instruction in basic sciences, research skills and the health, welfare, behavior, nutrition, genetics and breeding of animals, including farm animals, pets and performance animals. The program also includes a component in practical skills such as animal handling and the development of lifelong learning skills, critical thinking and effective communication with scientists and lay people involved with animals.
Animal scientists work in all parts of the world – from the plains and jungles of Africa to the research laboratories of the world’s foremost universities; with all types of animals from the smallest pets to the largest farm animals, horses or wild animals in a wide range of disciplines including nutrition, reproduction, genetics, welfare, behavior, health and pharmacology. In Pakistan, Animal Science graduates from the University of Agriculture, Dera Ismail Khan (UAD) can get placement as managers at dairy, beef, sheep, goat, poultry, camel and ostrich farms. The graduates can also be employed as sales managers / representatives for pesticides, veterinary pharmaceutical companies and feed and food processing industries. Newly emerging Milk and Meat (mutton, beef, poultry) processing units and Semen Production Units have openings for Animal Science graduates to be employed as marketing managers.