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Nutrient deficiencies, contaminated foods, over eating and under eating can all be issues with animals. Large animal feed companies and large farming businesses often employ animal nutrition experts to formulate and manage the production and use of foods and supplements. Domestic animals also require carefully calibrated nutrition in order to remain healthy and reduce issues that do not usually occur in wild environments, such as hairballs.
Speciality areas include:
Work may be on a farm, factory, or laboratory, or in a practice consulting with clients or supporting other veterinary professionals.
There are several ways to start your career in working with animal nutrition. A common way to start is by offering to work as an assistant or vet technician. Pathways into a career include:
While you are working part-time or volunteering for a food industry or animal clinic, you may seek for formal education in order to become a certified nutritionist yourself. Note that animal nutrition is distinct from human nutrition, and that you will need to study an animal-specific course.
Keep learning and developing your contacts in the industry. You can learn a lot through experience, but ongoing formal training can be important too. Being aware of current research and trends is invaluable; and that only comes from being connected to the industry (join a professional association, read industry media, attend shows, talk to colleagues -regularly).
Networking allows you to raise and maintain not only technical awareness, but also awareness of career opportunities.
If you are disconnected from industry, you won't see opportunities even if you are the most highly educated animal nutritionist.
Animal nutrition is a broad subject, career paths can lead along many routes, including: