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20A Woodward Hall,
9 East Alumni Avenue,
Kingston, RI 02881.
Phone: 401-874-2477.
Fax: 401-874-7575.

Animal Science and Technology

The Major

The use of animals for food and companionship has evolved over the last 10,000 years. New England has a tradition of small-scale farming that is experiencing a renaissance, based on the raising of animals under humane conditions using environmentally friendly practices. At another level, an increasing variety of animals are maintained as pets by American families. Finally, animal models are used in medical research on human ailments. All of these uses of animals require knowledgeable professionals to care for them, to treat them for diseases, and to ensure that they are well maintained in research facilities.

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Academic Options & Experiential Learning

This major is centered at our Peckham Farm facility, within easy walking distance of the dorms, and students get hands-on experience with the animals beginning the first week of classes. Peckham has many farm animals available for teaching, outreach and research, including sheep, pigs, cattle, goats, chickens, and turkeys, all of which are cared for daily by students under the direction of faculty and the farm manager. Abundant opportunities exist for internships offcampus at veterinary clinics, research facilities, and farm-related organizations, as well as summer research or outreach fellowships in CELS’s Coastal and Environmental Fellows program. The diversity of species available at the farm means that our students are broadly trained, knowledgeable, and experienced in raising several species.

Careers & Further Study

Students who go on to veterinary school or graduate school usually end up as practicing veterinarians or researchers, respectively. Their positions may be in academia, government, or the private sector. Because of the large-animal experience they receive, URI students are attracted to, and attractive to, vet schools in the Midwest. There is a shortage of large-animal veterinarians in the U.S., which is becoming increasingly problematical as small-scale agriculture expands in the Northeast.

Students in the Animal Management option often find jobs taking care of animals in research facilities, such as medical centers, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical companies.

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Tony Mallilo, Advisor
Phone: 401-874-4658

Animal Science & Technology

Animal Science Curriculum Description: PDF

Animal Management Curriculum Description: PDF

Pre-Veterinary Curriculum Description: PDF

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