Applied Animal Science Programs

Explore Applied Animal Science

From muzzle to hoof, the Applied Animal Science program at the Thompson School prepares students for leadership roles in an animal-related industry. 

Students gain expertise with the latest technology and a firm grounding in animal anatomy, physiology, nutrition, health, breeding and business management.  They put classroom theory to the test in facilities like the UNH Equine and Dairy Centers, TSAS Grooming Shop, Biology laboratories and the New Hampshire Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Our program offers three areas of concentration - Animals in Agriculture, Equine Management and Companion Animal Science. Each concentration has the same basic core classes to provide the student with a broad knowledge base, but each then requires its own set of classes important to that specific field.  Most students choose one concentration but often take electives in another.  Many of our students continue to a four-year degree program at UNH and find their experience at the Thompson School invaluable. 

Admission Requirements:

Applicants to the Applied Animal Science program area must present college preparatory English and at least two years of satisfactory work in both college preparatory mathematics and science (one of the sciences being biology, with a lab). One year of laboratory college preparatory chemistry is highly recommended.

applied animal science degree options

animal agriculture student with cow
Animal Agriculture
companion animal science students
Companion Animal Science
equine student with horse
Equine Management

 Animal Agriculture:

  • Herd manager
  • Agricultural sales and/or service specialist
  • Farm manager
  • Artificial insemination (AI) technician
  • Crop manager
  • Farm or farm business owner
  • Farm Animal Manager for Living History & Ed. Farm

Equine Management:

  • Barn manager
  • Breeding farm manager
  • Sales (tack shop, grain stores etc)
  • Horse show manager
  • Veterinary assistant/equine practice
  • Riding instructor
  • Riding academy owner

Companion Animal Science:

  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Animal Behaviorist/Trainer
  • Animal Welfare/Animal Control Officer
  • Animal Shelter Management
  • Kennel Management
  • Laboratory Animal Assistant
  • Grooming Business/Management
  • Pet Store Management