Animal Health and Disease


The Specialization in Animal Health and Disease is designed to teach you about general animal physiology and animals’ susceptibility to various diseases. You will learn methods for limiting and controlling outbreaks, and the implications this has for animals, consumers, and the environment. An emphasis of this specialization is how to prevent, treat and understand disease in domesticated animals.

This program starts with courses in biological and health sciences that will give you a solid foundation in basic sciences such as genetics, molecular biology and biochemistry. You can then take more advanced courses in the animal and health sciences, and gain an understanding of physiology, immunology, animal nutrition, animal industries and animal behaviour. 

This program is ideal for students who are interested in caring for animals or working in laboratories where diseases are being researched. It is also useful if you plan to continue study in a veterinary college in North America. It must be taken along with a major in the BSc(AgEnvSc). The recommended major is Life Sciences (Biological & Agricultural).


This specialization prepares you for a career in animal health sciences, or for further studies at the graduate level in the life sciences, various health fields or animal sciences. You could become a: 

  • Veterinarian
  • Animal health technologist
  • Animal production consultant
  • Policy advisor
  • Researcher

Student experience

Throughout this program, there are hands-on sessions with animals on our teaching and research farm, including cows, sheep and poultry. You will also go on field trips to learn more about animals and veterinary medicine. 

You can also expand your skills and enrich your studies by pursuing research opportunities. 

Possible minors

Minors are a great way to customize your academic experience. Many students use minors to pursue interests outside their major, while others choose minors to complement their degree.

Complementary minors for this program include:

Ready to apply?

For this program, you'll need to apply to the Faculty of Agricultural 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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