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Bachelor of Animal Science (Animal Nutrition and Growth)

Key facts

  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

Have a positive impact on animal growth and health

Learn how to combine your love of animals, science and nutrition with the only animal science degree available in New Zealand.

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What is it like?

The Bachelor of Animal Science (Animal Nutrition and Growth) will help you understand how what animals eat affects their growth and health.

What will I learn?

Have a national impact

The New Zealand meat industry is well recognised around the world for its pasture-raised product and in New Zealand we also have world-leading industries raising poultry and pigs. Nutrition is also extremely important for sport and companion animals and their performance and health. Improving nutrition can optimise the performance of animals in these industries.

Balancing nutrition with animal goals

You will learn how animals digest food, what feeds are best for them and how much they should be eating for the appropriate growth and development, performance and health. When you graduate you will have practical skills and an up-to-date scientific understanding of animal growth and nutrition.

A unique degree

This is the only Bachelor of Animal Science (BAnSci) in New Zealand. It focuses entirely on animal science and is ideal if you are interested in a career that combines your love of science and animals.

Learn from the best

Massey University’s animal, agricultural and veterinary science professionals are among the best in the world and they will teach you about the latest developments in animal science. As well as animal nutrition and growth, you will obtain expertise in genetics, breeding and animal welfare.


This degree has a distinct New Zealand flavour and complements established international animal science programmes. This allows you to study part of your programme overseas.

Research-led learning

Massey has a number of internationally recognised animal-based research centres including the Centre for Feline Nutrition, Equine Research Centre, International Sheep Research Centre, Monogastric Research Centre and Working Dog Centre. These centres are used to enhance the learning experience throughout the degree.

Sought-after by employers

The production and companion animal industries, government departments and agencies, iwi-owned agribusinesses recognise the importance of animal science in what they do and employ our graduates. Our rigorous programme is supported by industry and provides you with the valuable skills employers are looking for.

Join a world-leading university

Massey is world-ranked and New Zealand’s number one university in agriculture according to the QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings.

Our proud record dates back to 1927 when we offered New Zealand’s first degrees in agriculture. We are also recognised in the QS rankings as a world leader in veterinary education. Massey University is home to the only animal science team in New Zealand and one of the largest in Australasia.

As a Massey University animal science student, you will benefit from our internationally recognised capability and leadership in these areas.

Practical components of the programme are taught on site at our sheep, beef and dairy farms and at our feline and canine facilities and state of the art teaching laboratories.

Earn more

A 2017 Ministry of Education publication The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates showed that those who complete a qualification in a science, agriculture, technology, computer science, engineering or mathematics field of study have high relative earnings after they complete their study compared to the national median. Earnings can be substantially more than other graduates.

A good fit if you:

  • Like working with animals
  • Are interested in what diets optimise animal production, performance and health
  • Care about the role of the animal in society and in food production
  • Want to understand feeding behaviours and requirements of diverse animals


The Bachelor of Animal Science (BAnSci) will provide you the knowledge, attributes and expertise you require for the careers of the future. You will be qualified for technical, advocacy and management roles across the animal industries. These include:

  • Animal management
  • Animal nutrition consultancy
  • Feed manufacturing and development
  • Animal management
  • Sales and marketing
  • Feed testing services
  • Inspection and grading services for animal products

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