It helps to grow up on a farm or ranch or work with animals. Internships or supervised work experience may lead to employment or better job prospects and recommendations. Many programs coordinate internships with local farms, ranches, and meat and animal byproduct processing companies.
Many programs have on-site running farms and ranches. This allows you to gain hands-on experience working with livestock animals. Students help keep barns and stables clean, care for newborn animals, and feed and monitor livestock daily.
A degree in animal husbandry and production is considered good preparation for veterinary medical school.
For information about farm occupations, opportunities, and 4-H activities, contact your local county extension service office.