Animal Nutritionist








What is an Animal Nutritionist?

Animal Nutritionists study the effect of diet on the health and productivity of animals. 

They usually found in the field of agriculture. 

They give advice and information on animal nutrition as well as designing the diets of the animals.

They may also work in food production companies which make food for zoos and pets.

What does an Animal Nutritionist do?

  • conducts research and writes reports
  • studies nutritional and economic value of animal diets
  • designs diets for growth, reproduction, health and performance of the animal
  • performs laboratory trials
  • educates farmers, veterinarians and government bodies about animal diets
  • studies manufacturing techniques
  • expands existing ranges of animal food products and develops new ones
  • helps with sales and markets ideas
  • keeps up to date with changing regulations
  • studies nutritional disorders with veterinary surgeons

Are you … ?

  • interested in nutrition?
  • love animals?
  • interested in science and research?
  • computer literate?
  • function under pressure?
  • focussed?
  • skilled in communication both verbal and written?
  • patient?
  • able to work alone and on a team?
  • able to share your findings?



How do I become an Animal Nutritionist?

A BSc in Animal Science is what is required.  Most universities in South Africa offer this.

BSc degree in Animal Sciences can be done.  See institutions below.

Required school subjects:   Mathematics and Physical Science.
Recommended school subject: Life Sciences


  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. 
  • CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Animal Care Attendant … or … Zoo Keeper … or … Veterinary Nurse

Is becoming an Animal Nutritionist the right career choice for me?