Small Animal Science (B.S.)

A focus on small and companion animals opens the door to a wide range of goals from veterinary school to careers in wildlife biology, conservation, game management, zoo and aquarium management, biomedical and pharmaceutical research, wildlife rehabilitation, and more.

Our small animal science program provides students with comprehensive liberal arts and science education that focuses on the study of companion and small animal species. The program combines a broad background in life sciences with classes that focus specifically on small animals and biotechnology.

Our unique blend of education and experience will prepare you for graduate school including veterinary school or a variety of careers in animal science. In our hands-on program you will learn about:

  • small animal handling and care
  • disease
  • behavior
  • nutrition
  • training
  • husbandry
  • management
real-world experience
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Juliet shares her success with DelVal’s small animal science program.

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4. Delaware Valley University – Elmwood Park Zoo

Many veterinary potentials are intrigued by the care, biology, and future of animals like zebras, ocelots, and lemurs. And, while many colleges provide excellent veterinary courses that define and familiarize students with these creatures, only a small number of schools provide on-site zoo animal experience.

"Students of the program benefit from working directly with the Elmwood Park Zoo, an AZA-accredited facility. They gain both didactic and hands-on learning experiences through working with either zoo or marine animals in a variety of zoo science areas. These include exotic animal husbandry, handling, care, nutrition, disease, and psychology."


Our small animal science program can prepare you for a wide variety of careers. You will find opportunities including wildlife biology, conservation, game management, zoo or aquarium management, biomedical research, pharmaceutical research, wildlife rehabilitation, and much more.

Core Small Animal Science Courses:
  • Animal Behavior
  • People and Animals
  • Canine Behavior and Training
  • Clinical Pathology
  • Pathology and Disease of Small Animals
  • Introduction to Small Animal Management
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Companion Animals
  • Small Animal Research Techniques
  • Student Research
Possible minors:
  • Biochemistry or Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Communication or Writing
  • Policy Studies
  • Large Animal (Production) Science
  • Business Administration

Our courses and organziations help students gain the knowledge they need to be successful in their goals.

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Related Programs
Pre-Veterinary and Other Pre-Professional Programs

The pre-professional program is designed for students interested in careers in veterinary medicine, human health care (medicine, dentistry or optometry) or allied health care (physical therapy or occupational therapy).

Career Paths

With 100 percent of our students having real-world, hands-on experience, graduates with a degree in small animal science are able to pursue:

  • Veterinary medicine
  • Wildlife biology
  • Conservation
  • Game management 
  • Wildlife rehabilitation
  • Zoo or aquarium management
  • Biomedical research
  • Pharmaceutical research
  • Veterinary or graduate school
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The Experience360 Program gives you the opportunity to apply classroom lessons to real-world activities like internships, career exploration experiences, student research, study abroad, leadership development and more.

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Student Clubs and Organizations
Pre-Vet Club

Learn about veterinary medicine careers with your peers!

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Student Clubs and Organizations
American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK)

Learn about animal care through different means such as zoos, aquariums, conservation, and research!

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Student Clubs and Organizations
Wildlife Society (TWS)

Explore wildlife conservation issues and careers through our student chapter of this national professional organization!

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Student Clubs and Organizations
Animal Lifeline Club

Help animal shelters while making new friends!

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