What you'll learn studying Dairy Science at UW-Platteville

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s School of Agriculture offers bachelor of science degrees in seven major areas, including dairy science in Wisconsin. As a recognized world leader for our undergraduate programs in agriculture, we offer a diverse selection of clubs and organizations, as well as several nationally competing teams and much more.

The Dairy Science program at UW-Platteville will prepare you to join this dynamic and growing industry. With a curriculum that mixes scientific theory with hands-on learning, you will gain valuable knowledge and employable skills.

To learn more about the program, review the fact sheet.

Tailor your dairy science degree with one of two emphasis areas


The comprehensive emphasis is a unique program that provides maximum flexibility to tailor your degree to your specific interests and experiences. You will work with your advisor to get approval for this emphasis.


The animal science pre-veterinary emphasis will also prepare you to further your education at the veterinary school where you wish to apply. You will work closely with your academic advisor to ensure all veterinary school admission requirements are met, as requirements will vary by school. UW-Platteville's School of Agriculture graduates have a high rate of placement, with 82 percent of veterinary school applicants for the 2021 academic year receiving acceptance.

To learn more about the program, review the fact sheet. Or, learn more about the Pre-Veterinary Medicine program.

Careers in Dairy Science

Dairy science careers typically focus on the health and management of dairy animals. In addition to a knowledge of animal anatomy, nutrition, genetics, and biology, successful professionals in this industry often also focus on the business of dairy science, including economics and the management of dairy production facilities.

With UW-Platteville's fully functioning 430-acre livestock and feed farm and award-winning Dairy Judging and Dairy Challenge teams, graduates can expect to find jobs on farms or with companies working with dairy animals daily as herdsmen, nutritionists, reproductive technologists, or as consultants for dairy processing plants. Our dairy science college graduates are also sought after for their exceptional laboratory skills to work as quality assurance specialists or lab technicians.

Some of the many available career opportunities for our Dairy Science program graduates include:

  • Feed sales/consultant
  • Dairy herdsman
  • Dairy processing manager
  • Herd health manager
  • Livestock herdsman/manager
  • Pharmaceutical sales/service
  • Admission to graduate school or veterinary school
  • Veterinary technician

The agricultural and food scientist career path is robust, and it is expected to grow as dairy scientists and other animal scientists work to research and develop more sustainable methods for livestock production, and dairy product processing, and more.

Discover by doing

With a curriculum that mixes scientific theory with hands-on learning, dairy science students at UW-Platteville have numerous opportunities to apply classroom theories through our on-campus science laboratories, greenhouse, 430-acre university farm, robust internship program, research projects, and university events. These opportunities are available whether you are pursuing a bachelor’s degree or a minor.

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