Undergraduate Major Details

Animal Biology

What Can I Do With This Major?

About this major

The Animal Biology major is in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

A great starting point when you are unsure what careers relate to your academic interests. Check out specific job titles, work places and links to related professional organizations:


The following are examples of locations where students in this major have completed internships in past years. If you're a student thinking about participating in an internship, this list is a great place to start your search.

Internship Sponsors
Cascadia Research Collective
CETA Foundation
CommuniCare Health Centers
Davis Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center
Davis Small Animal Hospital
Laguna Creek Orthodontics
Outpatient Medicine - UC Davis VMTH
Rite Aid Pharmacy
Sacramento County Animal Care and Regulation
Sheldon Grove Family Dental
The Sacramento Zoo
UC Davis Animal Biology Graduate Group
UC Davis Campus Veterinary Services
UC Davis Center for Animal Welfare (CAW)
UC Davis Department of Evolution and Ecology
UC Davis Department of Nutrition
UC Davis Geography Graduate Group
UC Davis Primate Center
UC Davis Surgical Research Facility
UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH)
UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital Client Services
UC Davis VMTH Behavior Services
UC Davis VMTH Dermatology Services
UC Davis VMTH Neurology/Neurosurgery Service (NNS)
UC Davis VMTH Small Animal Clinic
UCDHS Emergency Medicine Research Associate Program
UNI Pet Clinic
Valley Maxillofacial oral surgery
Villa Animal Hospital
Woodland High School- CSLC
Yolo County SPCA

Graduating Class Demographics

The following are self-reported data from the Internship and Career Center's First Destination Survey (FDS). The FDS provides a snapshot of what students in this major do directly following graduation. In some instances, the sample size is too small to report reliable results.

Year Graduating Class Completed First Destination Survey Response Rate
2012-13 43 16 37.2%
2013-14 58 15 25.9%

Post-Graduation Endeavor

Some graduates immediately enter the workforce, whereas others pursue further education. Some have different plans entirely. The table below details what students in this major typically do following graduation.

Year Employed* Seeking Employment Attending Graduate School Other+
2012-13 35.7% 14.3% 50.0% 0.0%
2013-15 29.2% 33.3% 29.2% 8.3%
2015-17 24.0% 20.0% 48.0% 8.0%
* Employment includes having any job, not just a full-time career-related position.
+ Other endeavors typically include traveling or family obligations.


Of those students from this major who enter the workforce, the table below lists their employer and job title. This list is not exhaustive, and is just meant to provide basic guidance to upcoming graduates looking to enter the workforce. Check out this diverse list of jobs, and then use it to start your own search.

Companies Position
Department of Fish and Wildlife Biological Technician
La Paz Animal Clinic Vet Assistant
Saint Ignatius Substitute Teacher
The Pet Hospital of La Mesa Veterinary Technician
University of California, Davis Assistant Storekeeper
University of California, Davis Junior Specialist
University of California, Davis Research Assistant
VCA Loomis Basin Veterinary Hospital Technician Assistant

Salary Summary Statistics

The table below presents the salary distribution for recent graduates who reported full-time employment in the FDS. Salaries vary widely by position type and geography. Thus, the numbers below are a rough guide to what graduates in this major can expect to make in a 'typical' entry-level position.

Year Mean Median
2012-15 $25,400 $28,000
2015-17 $33,000 $28,000