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Job Description

An Animal Nutritionist will design, develop and evaluate the diets of animals to maximise growth, reproduction, health and performance. They will research the effectiveness of different dietary regimes and assess the nutritional and economic value of feeding systems.

Entry Requirements

You can get this job through:


You could do a Level 3 Diploma in Animal Care or Applied Science.

You may need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course.

The following local colleges offer courses in Animal Care or Applied Science:

Or your local 6th form may offer a relevant course.


You could do a higher national diploma or degree in: 

  • Agriculture or Agricultural Technology
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Animal Management/Science
  • Dietetics
  • Biochemistry
  • Nutrition
  • Animal Science/Applied Animal Science
  • Veterinary Science
  • Animal Health and Welfare
  • Zoology

You will need 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent for a degree.

Click here to search for a suitable course.

Career Tips

It is a good idea to try and get work experience or a part time job on a farm, a zoo or in animal feed sales.

To find out more information about an Animal Nutritionist go to Tasty Careers.

Career Path and Progression

Once you are experienced you could travel and work overseas. You could also find an opportunity to become specialise and become an independent consultant.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Specialist field consultant 
  • Lecturing in animal nutrition
  • Researching animal management

Required Skills

  • Good IT and administration skills
  • The ability to analyse data and write reports
  • Well organised and good at time management
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • An understanding of the scientific basis of nutrition

Salary Range

£18,000 to £50,000

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