Animal Health

Available at: Athens

The Animal Health major is designed specifically for students looking for a fast track into the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine  after three years of pre-veterinary study in the College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences. Upon completion of the UGA degree requirements and after successfully completing the first year of study in the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine, students will be eligible for a bachelor of science in agriculture with a major in Animal Health. For students not accepted into vet school after their third year, the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences provides alternate major options in Animal and Dairy Science, Applied Biotechnology, Avian Biology, Biological Science, Entomology, or Poultry Science. Students can then use their senior year of study to complete requirements for one of these majors and - if they haven't decided on a different career track - reapply to vet school.


View required Animal Health courses and available electives in the UGA Bulletin. You will determine the right courses to match your interests with assistance from your advisor.


To prepare for courses to earn an Animal Health degree we recommend you:

  • Volunteer or work for a veterinarian, farm, animal shelter or humane society
  • Take available AP and Honors science courses prior to attending UGA
  • Participate in any school or community animal and/or biological science clubs or organizations
  • Engage in animal-related student projects

Hands-On Learning

  • Instruction with live birds
  • Labs with live specimens
  • Undergraduate research opportunities
  • Participate in student clubs and organizations
  • Internship opportunities with Cooperative Extension, breed associations, feed companies, animal health companies, laboratories, etc.
  • Study abroad opportunities

Learn more

Visit the department of Poultry Science.

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Class of 2019 Career Outcomes for Animal Health*

Animal Health major outcomes for 2019: 100% attending graduate school

** Includes Self-Employed

*Source: Created utilizing data taken from the UGA Career Outcomes Survey. The charts above represent UGA Class of 2019 Graduates. Read more detailed Career Outcomes information for Animal Health.


What jobs can I get with an Animal Health degree?

Career Opportunities

This program is designed for students who want to pursue a career in companion, food animal, or exotic veterinary medicine. Other possible employment options outside of veterinary medicine can include:

  • Government Agencies
  • Research and Development 
  • Cooperative Extension
  • Pharmacological or Animal Health Sales/Marketing
  • Graduate School
  • Zoos

Career potential is dependent on co-major selection and graduate/professional studies.

Median Entry-Level Salary

Entry level salary is dependent on completion of co-major and/or successful completion of veterinary school.


How do I pay for college?


Each year the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) awards scholarships to students enrolled in our majors.

CAES Scholarships


Financial Aid

To find out about deadlines and eligibility requirements, visit the University of Georgia Office of Student Financial Aid.