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Animal and Nutritional Sciences (BS)

Getting into veterinary (or any professional) school is extremely competitive. The Animal and Nutritional Sciences program provides challenging and innovative experiences to give you the best preparation possible.

By the numbers73

73.3% of students who complete necessary course work and apply to veterinary school are accepted. The national average is 43%.

Description

What is Animal and Nutritional Sciences (BS) at WVU like?

Description

The Animal and Nutritional Sciences (BS) major is designed to provide high quality education and training for students who plan to enroll in veterinary, graduate or professional school. You’ll gain basic and applied knowledge relevant to animal biology, nutrition, physiology, reproduction and genetics.

This program is often affectionately labeled as the “pre-veterinary” major, but it’s so much more. Animal and Nutritional Sciences is also your pathway to physician assistant, dentistry or medical school. Our faculty advisers are knowledgeable about course requirements in those areas and can help you find the best fit.

At a Glance

Opportunities

What makes Animal and Nutritional Sciences (BS) at WVU unique?


Research and Academic Opportunities

  • Many study abroad opportunities, including opportunities to travel to Estonia and tour London Zoo.
  • Train service dogs for course credit as part of WVU’s partnership with Hearts of Gold.
  • Participate in Livestock Judging, Poultry Judging, Dairy Challenge and Dairy Judging Teams.
  • Opportunities exist in areas of poultry feed research and immunology.

Rankings

What is Animal and Nutritional Sciences (BS) at WVU ranked?

Ranked16

Most Popular Animal Science program in the nation (College Factual)

Ranked20

Veterinarians rank No. 20 in Best Healthcare Jobs (U.S. News & World Report, 2018)

Ranked23

Most Focused Animal Science program in the nation (College Factual)

Ranked30

Veterinarians rank No. 30 in The 100 Best Jobs (U.S. News & World Report, 2018)

Careers

What can you do with a degree in Animal and Nutritional Sciences (BS)?

Graduates typically pursue professional school (veterinary, medical, dental, pharmacy, public health) or graduate school.

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Animal and Nutritional Sciences (BS) major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.

Employers

Graduates from this major have gone to work at:

Courses

What are the courses like in Animal and Nutritional Sciences (BS) at WVU?

Major Map

Check out the course requirements and suggested plan of study for WVU's Animal and Nutritional Sciences (BS) major.

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For a program overview, learning goals and course descriptions, visit the course catalog.

Popular Courses

A&VS 251:
Principles of Animal Science

A comparative study of the production of meat, milk, eggs and wool. Nutrition, physiology genetics, hygiene and physical environment, and economics are discussed as bases for sound managerial decisions.

A&VS 275:
Companion Animal Science

Basic physiology, nutrition and genetics; economic and ethical consideration of pet ownership; benefits of companion animals in society; aspects of handling and training, behavior, and common health diseases and parasite problems of pet animals.

A&VS 276:
Service Dog Training

Application of current principles, theory, and practices for training service dogs.

A&VS 281:
Introduction to Equine Care and Use

Survey of basic equine care, breeds, use, management, and behavior with a lab in equine safety and handling.

A&VS 411:
Dairy Heifer Management

Application of current management practices for raising dairy calves from birth through establishment of pregnancy.

VETS 302:
Animal Pathology

Diseases of farm animals with special emphasis on their cause, prevention, and control.

VETS 401:
Veterinary Anatomy

Functional study of domestic and farm animal anatomy.

VETS 403:
Veterinary Anatomy Laboratory

Gross dissection techniques used for the study of functional anatomy in domestic animals.

VETS 411:
Principles of Laboratory Animal Science

The production, genetics, physiology, nutrition, disease and regulations of laboratory animals used in research and teaching. This course meets minimal requirements for laboratory animal technical certification programs of the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS).

Cost

How much does Animal and Nutritional Sciences (BS) at WVU cost?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2018-19 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $411
Per Semester $4,932
Fall and Spring Semesters $9,864
Non-Resident
Per Credit $1,091
Per Semester $13,092
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,184
International
Per Credit $1,091
Per Semester $13,392
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,784
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Incoming freshmen to the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design may qualify for merit-based scholarships based on GPAs and SAT/ACT test scores. No additional application is necessary. These scholarships are in addition to University scholarships.

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Ohio Tuition Reciprocity

As the result of a special agreement, students from Ohio who are fully admitted to Animal and Nutritional Sciences (BS) can enroll at WVU and pay in-state tuition rates. Students must be admitted to both the University and this major.

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU. In addition to guaranteed admission agreements Animal and Nutritional Sciences (BS) has transfer articulation agreements with:

Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

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Requirements

What are the requirements to apply for Animal and Nutritional Sciences (BS) at WVU?

University Requirements

To be admitted to WVU's Animal and Nutritional Sciences (BS) major, you must first meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2018-19 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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