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Bachelor of Animal Science (Animal Nutrition and Growth)

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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 Nutrition and Growth) will help you understand how what animals eat affects their growth and health.

What will I learn?

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.

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.

Massey University’s Bachelor of Animal Science (BAnSci) is the only degree in New Zealand that focuses entirely on animal science. It 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. 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.

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.


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


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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