Animal Science and Veterinary Technology

Department of Animal Science & Veterinary Technology

Department curriculum is designed to provide students with foundation knowledge in basic and applied Animal Science (ANSC) and Veterinary Technology (VETT). The department emphasizes development of creative thinking and communication skills that are crucial for career success in the animal and veterinary sciences. 

The curriculum balances presentation of theory in the classroom with hands-on experience in the field. The Texas A&M University-Kingsville Farm provides Animal Science majors experience in swine, beef and goat management. The Veterinary Technology Center provides technologically advanced facilities and equipment that permit the highest quality experiential learning for future Veterinary Technologists. The faculty are involved in research that keeps them abreast of current thinking in the animal science and veterinary technology fields to provide students with up-to-date information. 

The department assesses its program by administrating comprehensive examinations to undergraduates when they enter the program and during their last semester before graduation. Also, the department chair interviews graduating seniors to determine the impression on strengths, weaknesses and needs of the program. Results from these activities are used to continually update and improve undergraduate education. 

Students majoring in Veterinary Technology (VETT) must receive a grade of C or better in all VETT courses. Failure to receive a C or better in any VETT course may result in immediate withdrawal from the Veterinary Technology program. Students would need to reapply to the program the following year. 

Graduates from the department find employment with state and federal agencies or with ranches, farms, zoos, veterinary clinics and hospitals, as well as other private businesses. The undergraduate curriculum also prepares students for continued education at the Master of Science level.

Students pursuing the Pre-Vet option Animal Science degree:  The Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences has a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with TAMUK to provide up to five additional positions for qualified TAMUK candidates entering a DVM class.  Click for more information about the MOA with TAMUK and candidate.


Degrees Offered