Faculty of Agricultural & Food Sciences - Animal Systems
School of Agriculture & Food Sciences

Program description

Animal Systems focuses on the nutrition, management and welfare of livestock and poultry. Animal science professionals are committed to devising innovative solutions to the challenges posed by a growing world population, shifting diet patterns, limited resources, and changing climatic conditions.

The Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) in Animal Systems provides students with a firm understanding of animal production, including genetics, anatomy/physiology, nutrition, health and reproduction. It also provides courses in business management and communications.


Program options

Degree options

B.Sc. Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) in Animal Systems

Minor options

  • Entomology
  • Food Science
  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Soil Science
  • Programs in other faculties

Interesting courses and unique opportunities

Interesting courses

  • Companion Animal Management and Nutrition
  • The Animal and Its Environment
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Animal Health
  • Applied Animal Genetics

Co-op options
The Cooperative Education option integrates the student’s academic study with practical work experience in industry, government and the farming profession. To obtain the co-op designation, you must complete three 4-month work terms. Two of these can be during the summer. This program option will extend your degree time by one semester (slightly longer if you take more work terms in winter).

Exchange opportunities
Exchange opportunities exist for agriculture students to study abroad in countries such as Sweden, Mexico, France, the U.S., China and India.


Professional opportunities

  • Formulator
  • Barn Manager
  • Food Inspector
  • Animal Nutritionist

Note: graduates will find opportunities in the animal feed, health and production industries, as well as with all levels of government.  


Admission Requirements

Visit the Direct Entry (high school applicants) or Advanced Entry (post-secondary applicants) Agricultural and Food Sciences application for admission page to learn more about admission requirements, application dates and how to apply.


What is unique about this program at the U of M?

Compared to similar programs in most other Canadian agriculture faculties, the Animal Systems program at the University of Manitoba places a greater emphasis on practical production and the use of science to make informed choices in production.

Research facilities at the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences include the Glenlea Research Station, which accommodates multidisciplinary and livestock research and is home to the National Centre for Livestock and the Environment. This is a University of Manitoba-based research community that engages in multi-disciplinary research partnerships to further the long term economic and environmental sustainability of integrated livestock and crop production systems.


Important links

Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences
Department of Animal Science
Graduate studies in Animal Systems