Animal Biology


This program will teach you the basic biology of large mammals and birds. You’ll study animal physiology and function, reproduction, nutrition, immunology, genetics, biotechnology and its uses with animals. 

Many courses in this program have a hands-on learning component. You will have teaching activities on the Macdonald Campus Farm, and the Small and Large Animal Research units. 

If you're majoring in Life Sciences, you can complement your studies with a Specialization in Animal Biology. Other students can take the same courses as a Minor in Animal Biology. This program will qualify you to apply to most veterinary colleges in North America, to study in a variety of postgraduate biology programs, and to work in many laboratory settings. 


Upon graduation, you can pursue a variety of careers in areas like research and conservation. You may also wish to pursue graduate studies or a secondary degree in a professional program like Veterinary Medicine.

Possible careers include:

  • Veterinarian  
  • Animal biotechnologist  
  • Zoo educator  
  • Researcher  

Ready to apply?

For this program, you'll need to apply to the Faculty of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.

Check the full admission requirements for information about deadlines and whether supporting documents are required as part of your application. 

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