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Bachelor of Animal Science (Animal Genetics and Breeding)

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
3 years
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Start date: 22-February-2021
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The Bachelor of Animal Science (Animal Genetics and Breeding) is ideal for you if you have an interest in genetics in relation to animals. You’ll learn:

  • how effective breeding strategies can both improve animal health and be more effective for farming and agriculture
  • about reproductive physiology and reproductive technologies
  • how breeding and genetics can help improve the performance of animals
  • how to set up a genetic improvement programme based on breeding goals
  • how to collect relevant information, analyse it and make decisions to attain those goals.

Learn from the best

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

Join a world-leading university

Massey University is home to the only animal science team in New Zealand and one of the largest in Australasia. You will benefit from our internationally-recognised capability and leadership in these areas.

Our staff have significant and ongoing interaction with farm and service animal genetic improvement programmes with commercial partners.

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.


The BAniSc (Animal Genetics and Breeding) gives you the skills to go into a variety of interesting careers. You will gain the knowledge, attributes and insights into new technologies and processes, that are relevant for careers of the future.

Whether you are interested in working on small companies or farms, or for a large multinational, this degree will be you the technical, advocacy and management skills that are required. Possible careers include:

  • Reproductive management of animals
  • Livestock genetics companies
  • Corporate ram and bull breeding units
  • Developing country genetic improvement programmes
  • On-farm animal technician
  • Animal-related consultancy


Students must complete a 360 credits including 195 credits from the core courses and 120 credits of major courses. No more than 150 credits at 100-level and a minimum of 90 credits at 300-level.

Entry criteria

Students must have successful completion of a qualification equivalent to the New Zealand Year 13 - NCEA Level 3 University Entrance. International students need to check the equivalency of their secondary school qualification by reviewing the Academic Admission Requirements by Country.

Students from a country where English is not the first language, must obtain a minimum English Language competency level.

  • IELTS score of 6.0 (no band less than 5.5)
  • TOEFL iBT score of 80 overall (min 19 in Writing)
  • PTE Academic score of 50 Overall (min 42 in communicative skills)
  • Cambridge English score of 169 overall and all bands 162 or better


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