University of Vermont

Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences (ASCI)

Where To -- After Your Degree?

Some of you may have very clear ideas about what you intend to do after graduation. Some may choose to enter the job market directly, or go on to graduate study. Most students do not realize the variety of options open. The following chart summarizes the surprising variety of career directions taken by our graduates over the last ten or so years.

Chart showing where ASCI students work after graduating. 

Animal & Veterinary Sciences graduates find rewarding careers in private industry, with state and federal agencies, and in their own businesses. Many enter professions that develop, support or market agricultural products and technologies and a small percentage engage in production agriculture. If your career goal is to be a veterinarian, researcher, scientist, medical doctor or college teacher, you will need to continue your studies in professional or graduate school. Some possible positions for the animal scientist are:

Advertising and marketing specialist
Horse barn manager
Animal care specialist
Horse breeder and trainer
Animal behaviorist
Laboratory technician
Breed registry computer specialist
Magazine writer
Cell culture specialist
Medical doctor
College professor
Pet breeder
Commercial artist
Pet food industry
Commissioner of Agriculture
Pet store manager
Communications and media specialist
Pet therapy specialist
Congressional staffer
Dairy and livestock producer/manager
Private consultant
Research and development specialist
Dog breeder & trainer
Riding instructor
Extension specialist
Sire analyst
Equine Management
State and federal regulatory services
Feed and management consultant
Veterinarian/Veterinarian Technician
4-H education and training
Zoo animal specialist

What do you want to do for a living? Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration, this website is a good source to search career opportunities based on your interests:

Job Placement

Starting salaries for most  B.S. Animal Science graduates range from $26,000 to $32,000 with career earning potentials equivalent to any other profession. Job opportunities are posted on the department bulletin board in Terrill Building and to students via e-mail, and career information can also be found on our website at  During Animal Science Career Seminar, students develop a current resume and are coached on interviewing strategies and techniques.

The Career Center in the Living and Learning complex offers career counseling, special topic workshops on resume writing, strategies for gaining employment and tips for finding a job. Videos are also available in the Living and Learning library to instruct students on interviewing skills and resume preparation. Career counselors will edit and critique your resumes. An alumni career network system is also available through the Linkedin group University of Vermont Career Connection. A student employment service is available for summer, part-time and internship positions. On-campus interviews are scheduled in the spring and fall bringing together employers and qualified students. The Career Center is located in Living and Learning Center, Building E140, 633 Main Street, 802-656-3450, or visit their website at

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