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post #1 of 7 Old 04-29-2014, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
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I have completed 2 years of undergrad courses and am ready to finalize a major. (I have been back and forth trying to figure out what I want to do). There aren't many animal related options other than becoming a Vet or Vet Tech here in florida. So I am looking into the animal science program Texas A&M offers. It is the degree plan that deals more with agricultural management, but also focuses on animal breeding/genetics (equine & dairy), nutrition, and microbiology.

Anyone currently at Texas A&M or taking a degree program at another University similar to this one? Time is really not an issue for me right now but I just want to know if you feel that it was worth it.
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What do you want to DO after college? If you hope to work at a very large breeding facility or research lab (breeding, genetics, 5 panel testing facilities, developing new pelleted feeds or injury therapy methods, etc.) then it may be a good option. If you want to work hands on with horses at a busy show barn, save your pennies and take on an internship with a trainer.

I have an Bachelor of Science majoring in Equine Science & Training. The experience was UTTERLY AMAZING and I learned more in those 4 years than 10 years of other experience! Classes focusing on breeding, genetics, nutrition, riding, facility management, crop management, business accounting & equine marketing, plus all the core Bachelor's degree courses.

All that said, I graduated in 2001 and I haven't worked in any agricultural capacity since 2003. My childhood dreams of making a living with horses didn't turn out the way I'd imagined, lol. I now work downtown in a corporate job to fund having a horse as a hobby, and I'm still paying off my student loans.
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I want to get into the research aspect of the horse world. I would love to work for companies like Kentucky Equine Research, Merck Animal Health and so on.
Based on what I have seen here on others that have majored in Animal Science, I am kind of scared. It seems like no one has had any success with this major.

I was planning on going for Nursing but I would hate to have a job for the rest of my life that I don't have a passion for. I was just going to do it because the pay is decent and I would have enough to support my hobbies.
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I know a few that went to Texas A&M because of their strong polo team and graduated with degrees in the animal science program.

None are working in the field. A few went back to school for their BSN to hopefully becomes nurses. A couple others went back to college for degrees in business.

Perhaps, if you know what you hope to do after college, it would be helpful to ask those in the field what they majored in and where.

Best wishes for finding your path.
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I guess it is not practical to go for animal science if I want to make a living from it. When I was younger I wanted to be a veterinarian but there are so many required science and math classes. Those aren't my strongest subjects so I would just fail.

I'm already taking pre nursing courses so I guess I'll go with my plan b.
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A&M is a great school for anything ag related. I know several people who went there for various agricultural related degrees and they are now Ag Teachers!

If you live in Florida, just know that the out of state tuition for A&M is probably ridiculous.
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A&M is a great school for anything ag related. I know several people who went there for various agricultural related degrees and they are now Ag Teachers!

If you live in Florida, just know that the out of state tuition for A&M is probably ridiculous.
My parents are willing to cover the expenses. I think they're trying to get rid of me lol.. I do have an aunt that lives in Houston so I was considering living with her to gain residency because I can still be claimed as a dependent. I would have to wait a year though for in state tuition
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