Conducts research in the genetics, nutrition, reproduction, growth, and development of domestic farm animals.
This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Animal Systems pathway.
A person in this career:
- Communicates research findings to the scientific community, producers, and the public.
- Studies effects of management practices, processing methods, feed, or environmental conditions on quality and quantity of animal products, such as eggs and milk.
- Studies nutritional requirements of animals and nutritive values of animal feed materials.
- Conducts research concerning animal nutrition, breeding, or management to improve products or processes.
- Advises producers about improved products and techniques that could enhance their animal production efforts.
- Researches and controls animal selection and breeding practices to increase production efficiency and improve animal quality.
- Develops improved practices in feeding, housing, sanitation, or parasite and disease control of animals.
- Crossbreeds animals with existing strains or cross strains to obtain new combinations of desirable characteristics.
- Determines genetic composition of animal populations and heritability of traits, using principles of genetics.