After completing a University degree, many people don’t pursue the career they studied for.
If you have finished an Animal Science major like a certificate II in animal studies, there are various career options for you out there.
These include a laboratory animal technician, a research biologist, a professor, and a food production quality assurance supervisor, to mention a few.
Let’s look at each profession in a bit more detail.
Laboratory Animal Technician
These professionals play a significant role in keeping research facilities and animals at par with excellent standards. As your primary duty, you will offer hands-on care for animals under research such as cage sanitation, maintenance, and preparation, and perform regular husbandry duties.
You will also carry out regular start-up and shut down procedures, operate mechanical washers, and decontaminate equipment and cages using autoclaves.
Moreover, you will sanitise tools and equipment, water and feed animals, and offer routine physical maintenance. You will also be required to record and report any abnormalities in the research animals regarding altered drinking, eating, and behaviour.
Often, you will assist with technical procedures concerning animal identification, specimen collection, diet preparation, and breeding.
Research biologists have to follow laboratory practice regulations and standard operating procedures in the performance of their duties.
If you take on this path, you will directly handle animals that are scientific experiment test subjects.
Your responsibilities will include husbandry, dosing, observation, and recording. Usually, when there is a study group, you will be the lead technician. You will lead computerised randomisation studies, the input of computer protocols, and advanced observations.
Moreover, you will perform behavioural evaluations, dosing procedures, and advanced QA audits. You will also be involved in editing, assessing, and transforming digital data into useful information and reports.
Some programs you will be expected to use in making data summaries are statistical graphing like Prism and spreadsheet programs like Excel.
Professor or Scientist
After graduating with a major in Animal Science, you can continue to graduate school to get a master’s degree or a PhD in to become a professor, scientist, or a researcher.
Your duties will involve: advising producers regarding improved techniques and products to enhance efforts in animal production; carry out research concerning animal management, breeding, or nutrition to improve processes or products; development of improved practices in disease and parasite control of animals, sanitation, housing, or feeding; study animal feed nutritional values and animal dietary requirements; orally communicate or write up findings of research to the public, producers, and the scientific community; crossbreed animals with cross strains or existing strains to achieve new combinations having characteristics that are desired.
Food Production Quality Assurance Supervisor
In this position, you will oversee improvement programs and quality assurance in food production facilities. You will ensure that production stuff are effectively meeting order specifications and customer requirements.
Ultimately, you will have the responsibility for ensuring food safety and compliance with regulatory standards by the facility.
On a daily basis, it will be your duty to inspect, document, and make a report on the required information. This will involve the establishment and enforcement of inspection procedures and policies. The staff responsible for statistically tracking and reporting inspection findings will be under you.
Additionally, you will be in charge of mandatory internal audits and liaison with inspectors from the government who visit to audit the facility. It’s a requirement for you to have inspection requirement knowledge, understanding of expectations of the customer, and considerable attention to detail.
Now you know you can be in charge of food production facilities, research on animal nutritional values, work in a laboratory with animals, teach in a university, and more.
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