Animal Biotechnologist: Reproductive or Nutritional Specialist

Animal biotechnologists study the impact of nutrients of feed on animal reproductive processes to develop methods for improved animal health and more efficient production. They can be responsible for the daily insemination, heat detection and reproductive maintenance of a herd, while also monitoring animal nutritional plans and feed combinations. Animal biotechnologists will also provide technical information to veterinarians or related animal health personnel and maintain records of procedures and farm calls.

What Responsibilities Will I Have?

  • Maintain records of procedures, farm calls and emergencies
  • Perform routine maintenance and sterilization of equipment and machinery
  • Collect semen and process semen orders
  • Analyze client needs and develop nutritional plans for their animals
  • Develop and test new feed supplements for farmers
  • Assess new nutritional products and feed combinations
  • Investigate nutritional disorders
  • Write reports and give informational presentations regarding animal nutrition
  • Customize ingredient blends and management programs
  • Monitor feed formulations to meet standards and quality control regulations
  • Evaluate chemical and nutritional value of feeds and feed supplements
  • Coordinate research trials
  • Initiate and support patent applications for securing new products
  • Ensure health, safety and environmental procedures and regulations are put in place and followed
  • Attend training when needed and coordinate training for team members
  • Monitor laboratory analysis and assist when needed

Recommended High School Courses:

  • agricultural education
  • mathematics
  • sciences focused on animal science, chemistry and biology

Education/Training Required:

A master’s degree in animal or poultry science, biological sciences, chemistry, biology or a related major is needed.

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