The Elanco Fundamentals of Animal Science Certification provides students with a solid understanding of animal science, including the history and practices of the livestock industry, common terms and terminology and livestock management practices.



Certification Overview

Developed in collaboration with Elanco, the Fundamentals of Animal Science Certification provides students with a solid understanding of animal science, including the history and practices of the livestock industry, common terms and terminology and livestock management practices.

In addition, the certification addresses major topics in the animal science industry, including genetics, reproduction, nutrition and health management. The certification consists of 18 modules and a 100-question final certification exam.

"This certification will equip the next generation of animal science professionals with the foundational knowledge they need to advance in the industry."

Todd Armstrong
Todd Armstrong Beef Business Director


  • Agricultural Science


  • Analyze the growth and development of the livestock industry as a global economy.
  • Understand the important role animals play in everyday life.
  • Understand the basic nutritional needs and digestive requirements for ruminant and non-ruminant animals.
  • Explore the processes of reproductive technologies, including artificial insemination, embryo transfer and cloning.
  • Identify symptoms of common animal diseases and parasites and understand treatment and prevention measures for each.
  • Understand common management practices for various species, including housing, reproduction, nutrition and health management.


  • The Livestock Industry
  • Basic Animal Science
  • External Anatomy of Livestock: Terms & Terminology
  • Digestive Systems of Livestock: A Basic Look
  • Basic Livestock Nutrition
  • Fundamental Animal Microgenetics
  • Livestock Breeding Systems
  • Livestock Reproduction
  • Common Animal Diseases
  • Parasites of Livestock
  • Basic Livestock Surgical Procedures
  • Immunizations: Injections & Techniques
  • Beef Cattle Management Practices
  • Sheep Management Practices
  • Swine Management Practices
  • Goat Management Practices
  • Animal ID Systems
  • Harvesting of Livestock