Ohio State ATI

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
Wooster, Ohio

Animal Sciences

Animal Sciences (AS)

Students in Ohio State ATI's Animal Sciences program gain practical, hands-on experience from their first day of classes — something students at other universities may not get until their third or fourth year.

The Associate of Science, or transfer, degree in Animal Sciences allows students to complete 50 percent of the requirements for a bachelor's degree in Animal Sciences from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences in Columbus. Students in the Animal Sciences program choose one of five specializations: Beef, Dairy, Horse, Small Ruminant, or Swine.

Beef, Small Ruminant and Swine Specializations

The curriculum is a balance between livestock classes and general education designed to help a student excel upon graduation or as they transition into a bachelor’s degree. The Animal Science classes include principles in nutrition, health, reproduction, genetics, anatomy, and management systems. Students may also take courses in sustainable agriculture, forages, animal appreciation, and manure management.

Animal Sciences students will also participate in supervised, practical management classes at the Ohio State ATI Farm. These courses provide students with the opportunity to apply skills about routine cattle, sheep, or swine management learned in the classroom. Students are encouraged to think independently and evaluate and solve problems under the guidance of the livestock facilities manager. Students assist in the daily husbandry and responsibilities of the livestock.

Internships

Students in the Animal Sciences programs have the option of completing an industry internship of full-time employment. Ohio State ATI helps students find appropriate internship positions in Ohio and across the country. Students are typically paid for their employment, graded on their job performance, and awarded academic credit.

Career Prospects

Career opportunities for workers in Animal Sciences are available in the areas of research, development, production, sales, and management. With continued education graduates fill positions such as:

• Livestock Manager
• Nutritionist
• Meat Inspector/Grader
• Feed/Pharmaceutical Sales
• Technical Support
• Industry Promotions
• Veterinarian

Ohio State ATI graduates who also completed a bachelor’s degree have recently been hired by such firms as:

• American Angus Association
• Pfizer Animal Health
• Renaissance Nutrition, Inc.
• United Producers, Inc.
• United States Department of Agriculture

Other students who have graduated from Ohio State ATI and then completed their bachelor's degrees have continued their education in graduate school or veterinary school.


Animal Science Dairy Specialization 

Animal Science Dairy Specialization is the animal care, business, and services associated with a dairy farm or dairy agribusiness. The Associate of Science degree in Animal Science Dairy Specialization allows students to complete 50 percent of the requirements for a bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

Students study the principles and processes of genetics, reproduction, milking, health, and nutritional management of the dairy herd. Additional course work in computerized herd management, agronomy, buildings and equipment, personnel management, accounting, and farm/business management helps to prepare graduates to manage farm finances as well as the herd.

All dairy students take part in supervised, practical work experience that provides students with the opportunity to apply laboratory skills learned in the classrooms at the Ohio State ATI dairy. Students are encouraged to think independently and to evaluate and solve farm problems under the guidance of the dairy manager. Students assist in the daily tasks of milking, feeding, record keeping, and health management of the herd.

 

Internships

Students in the Animal Science Dairy Specialization complete an industry internship of full-time employment. Ohio State ATI helps students find appropriate internship positions in Ohio and across the country. Students are typically paid for their employment, graded on their job performance, and awarded academic credit.

Career Prospects

After completing the Associate of Science in Animal Science Dairy Specialization, students may continue their studies by completing a bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences at the Ohio State Columbus campus. Those who graduate with a major in Animal Science Dairy Specialization or Animal Sciences may start a dairy operation of their own, return to their home farm, or manage others’ operations. Graduates also work in allied industries such as breed associations, artificial insemination organizations, feed companies, equipment companies, research laboratories, meat-packing and animal product processing plants, government agencies, biotechnical industries, and in the business aspects of chemical and pharmaceutical companies.

Facilities

At Ohio State ATI students have access to a wide range of facilities and equipment, including: 

  • 1,700-acre farm laboratory

  • A free-stall barn which houses a registered herd of 120 high-producing Holstein, Jersey, and Brown Swiss milking cows. ATI’s dairy herd is a multiple year recipient of the Holstein Association USA’s Progressive Breeder Award, American Jersey Cattle Association’s high JPI herd recognition, and Brown Swiss Cattle Breeder’s Top 25% Genetic Herd recognition

  • A fully automated double-ten parallel milking parlor equipped with electronic identification and computerized milk weight recording

  • Computerized feeding system monitors TMR ration mixing, feeder efficiency, and feed inventory and calculates economic ratios

  • A computerized animal activity monitoring system is used to detect estrus and inactivity due to health concerns


Animal Sciences Horse Specialization 

Animal Science Horse Specialization majors pursue an Associate of Science degree which allows them to gain hands-on experience prior to enrolling in a Bachelor of Science degree program at The Ohio State University. The program enables students to complete approximately 50 percent of the requirements for a bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences or in another agricultural program with an equine minor.

Technical instruction includes hands-on course work in horse management; judging and evaluation; horse health; feeding and nutrition; equine breeding and genetics; and equine business and facility management.

Practicum is required of students in Animal Science Horse Specialization. This is a supervised, practical work experience that provides students with the opportunity to apply skills learned in the classrooms and at the Ohio State ATI horse facilities. Students are encouraged to think independently and evaluate and solve problems under the guidance of the horse facilities manager. Students assist in the daily husbandry and responsibilities of the horses.

Career Prospects

After students complete a bachelor's degree within the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University, their career opportunities will vary depending upon their major. However, students who pursue employment within the horse industry will find opportunities in sales, service, production, management, and supervision.

Careers may include:

• Breed association representative
• Bloodstock agent
• Racing steward
• Equine pharmaceutical sales
• Marketing manager
• Show/event secretary
• Stallion manager
• Riding instructor
• Horse show judge
• Sales representative
• Farm manager
• Broodmare manager
• Horse trainer
• Nutrition technician

Facilities

The Ohio State ATI Equine Center is a riding, training, and breeding facility that includes:

• A 46-stall barn
• A 100’ x 200’ indoor and a 120’ x 400’ outdoor arena
• 80 acres of pasture
• A breeding shed
• A breeding laboratory