Undergraduate Major Details

Animal Science

What Can I Do With This Major?

About this major

The Animal Science 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
Davis Small Animal Hospital
Haberfield Veterinary Clinic
Hazel Family Dental Care
Healing Rooms Veterinary Clinic
International Student Volunteers
National Taiwan University Veterinary Hospital
Outpatient Medicine - UC Davis VMTH
Paul Hom Asian Clinic
Private Optometrist Office
Rite Aid Pharmacy
Sacramento County Animal Care and Regulation
Solano Sports Physical Therapy
Sutter Medical Center Sacramento
Sutter Memorial Hospital
Taylor Veterinary Hospital
The Sacramento Zoo
UC Davis - Radiation Oncology
UC Davis Animal Biology Graduate Group
UC Davis Campus Veterinary Services
UC Davis Center for Animal Welfare (CAW)
UC Davis Cross Cultural Center
UC Davis Department of Animal Science
UC Davis Department of Animal Science Meat Laboratory
UC Davis Department of Nutrition
UC Davis Geography Graduate Group
UC Davis Horse Barn
UC Davis Internship and Career Center (ICC)
UC Davis Medical Center (UCDMC)
UC Davis Psittacine Research Project
UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
UC Davis Stern Laboratory
UC Davis Student Academic Success Center
UC Davis Student Academic Success Center - TRV Center
UC Davis Student Recruitment and Retention Center
UC Davis Surgical Research Facility
UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH)
UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital Client Services
UC Davis VMTH Client Services
UC Davis VMTH Community Practice
UC Davis VMTH Small Animal Clinic
UCDMC Emergency Room
UCDMC Endoscopy
UCDSVM Center For Vector-Borne Disease Research
UCDSVM Cooperative Extension
Yolo County Animal Services

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
2012-13 164 55 33.5%
2013-14 178 52 29.2%

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 32.7% 32.7% 32.7% 1.8%
2013-14 48.1% 17.3% 28.8% 5.8%
2014-15 20.0% 34.3% 31.4% 14.3%
2015-16 17.4% 21.2% 56.8% 4.5%
2016-17 6.7% 6.7% 86.7% 0.0%
* 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
Amgen Histotechnologist
Arguello Pet Hospital Animal Technician
Carlson Health Sciences Library Supervisor
Country Veterinary Clinic Veterinary Technician
Genentech Intern
Genentech Quality Control
Immuno Concepts Quality Control
IT Recruiting Technical Recruiter
Jacksons Laboratory Techician
Mueller Pet Medical Center Veterinary Technician
National Institutes of Health Intermural Research Training Assistant
Progenitor Cell Therapy Cell Therapy Specialist
San Diego Humane Society Animal Caregiver
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission - Hetch Hetchy Water & Power Administrative Analyst
San Francisco Zoo Program Intern
Shelter Island Veterinary Hospital Receptionist
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute Animal Research and Animal Care Intern
Stanford University Lab Manager
Stanford University Research Assistant
Superior Farms Pet Provisions Intern
Texas A&M University Research Assistant
Triple G Dairy Herd Manager
University of California, Davis Animal Technician
University of California, Davis Assistant Research Technician
University of California, Davis Junior Specialist
University of California, Davis Lab Assistant
University of California, Davis Veterinary Technician
VCA Bay Area Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Hospital Veterinary Technician
VDx Veterinary Diagnostics Lab 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
2012-13 $43,200 $43,000
2013-14 $35,058 $28,000
2014-15 $30,500 $28,000
2015-17 $31,500 $28,000