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Animal Health and Behavior

Bachelor of Science

Next start date is January 11. Applying is easy and free!

Build a foundation in animal science

Learn how animals think and act. Provide hands-on care for those in need. Turn an affinity for wild, captive, or domestic animals into a rewarding career!

Earn an online Bachelor of Science in Animal Health and Behavior from Unity College and put your knowledge to work at as a vet tech, at a zoo or aquarium, or in animal rehabilitation and welfare. You’ll build a scientific foundation you can apply right away or take further with a veterinary medicine degree.

Frequently Asked Questions

What students are saying

“I enjoyed this class and I feel all of the activities we did led me to a better understanding of the behaviors in all different animals.”

“I found every activity to be helpful. I intend to use much of the information that I learned in the future and towards my career.”

“This course challenged me through every week. I liked the buildup to the final project and how the majority of materials we read helped us in each section.”

“The discussion boards were very interesting. This is my first time doing an online course, so I found the discussions to be helpful in learning the material for the week, and they kept me interested and invested in the course.”

“The discussion posts and interaction with peers really contributes to the class, and the Prof was very involved in the discussions making sure we were thinking deeper into the subjects.”

Career Outlook

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Veterinary technologist and technician jobs in the U.S., 2018.


Median zoologist pay, 2018. 


Estimated U.S. job growth for veterinary technologists and technicians through 2028. 

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unity College cannot guarantee employment. Salary data represents averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience.

Animal behavior degree program

Learn the fundamentals of animal evolution, behavior, and health in this online animal science program. Start your career as a vet tech. Continue your education in a veterinary medicine program. Work at a wildlife preserve. Wherever there are animals, your skills will be needed.

As an animal health and behavior major, you’ll benefit from:

  • One-on-one advising. Work with trained staff every step of the way to reach academic and professional success.
  • Complete your coursework from anywhere, while working full-time or balancing other responsibilities.
  • Meet and connect with your peers and professors, making lifelong connections in your field.
  • Job resources. Browse our online job board and use free tools through our career services.
  • Multiple start dates. Begin your program on your time. Choose from eight year-round start dates.
  • Pursue a concentration in environmental GIS, renewable energy, sustainable business, wildlife ecology, or emergency disaster management. 

Put your passion into action. Apply online.

Careers and Outcomes

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Animal health and behavior sample courses

  • ANIM 103 Animal Training and Care

    Learn the requirements for training and caring for animals in captive and wild settings. You’ll study habitat maintenance, sanitation, and best care practices, as well as the various practices and techniques associated with animal trainingThis course prepares you to train animals for husbandry, handling, and healthcare needs. Prepare to develop your observation, notation, and data collection skills.

  • ANIM 305 Animal Health and Disease

    Maintenance of health is critical for the care of animals. In this course, students will learn about the most prevalent health issues and how to prevent them. Concepts covered will include disease transmission vectors and pathways, zoonotic diseases, and preventative measures. Particular emphasis will be placed on both the diagnostic processes used to assess animal health, as well as the role animal diseases play in the health of ecological populations, communities, and ecosystems.

  • ANIM 401 Animal Care Technical Skills

    In this course, students learn and apply various clinical and laboratory techniques used in the animal care and veterinary medical fields.  Emphasis is placed on acquiring new skills and putting the skills to practice to improve abilities.  Skills will be focused on those used in both clinic (e.g., drawing blood samples) and lab (e.g., molecular techniques, software applications for analysis) settings, and include reference to those used in wildlife and game preserves (e.g., chemical immobilization).

Degree requirements and courses

The animal health and behavior degree requires 120 credits. You may transfer in up to 90 credits from outside institutions. For more requirements, browse our degree checklist. View our full course catalog for a better look into your program. Then apply online for free to get started.