Online B.S. in Animal Health and Behavior

Turn your love of animals into a rewarding career

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November 18, 2019
January 6, 2020
February 17, 2020
March 30, 2020

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BS in Animal Health and Behavior
Get ahead with an Online GIS degree at Unity College!

Turn your passion into a career

Prepare for careers at zoos and aquariums and in the veterinary fields.

A leader for over 50 years

Unity College has been educating animal caretakers for over 50 years.

Pre-veterinarian degree

An ideal bachelor’s degree for preparing to satisfy veterinary school admission requirements.

Fundamental skills in animal care

Learn the biological, ethical, psychological, medical, legal and social concepts underlying the care and maintenance of wild and captive animals

Captive and wild animal training

Learn the training, health and habitat needs for optimal wild or captive animal health

100% Online: B.S. in Animal Health and Behavior

Do you love animals and want to turn your passion into a career? As an Animal Health and Behavior student, you will learn how animals think, behave, and evolve, and learn what animals need for rehabilitation, care, and health.

The B.S. in Animal Health and Behavior from Unity college prepares students for careers at zoos and aquariums, in the veterinary fields, as animal welfare officers, and for a future-focused on the care and well-being of wild and captive animals around the world. This degree provides students with the essential knowledge and professional skills to succeed in settings such as veterinary medicine degree programs, companion and wild animal care facilities, wildlife rehabilitation, and preserves. Unity College has been a leader in educating animal caretakers for over 50 years, and now this important biology-focused degree is available online to anyone, anywhere.

Online Animal Health and Behavior Degree Program Highlights:

  • One-on-one academic and professional advising Our world-class faculty and trained staff strive to make your professional and academic goals a reality.
  • Unity College is an accredited institution by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).
  • Learn about fundamental concepts underlying the care and maintenance of wild and captive animals.
  • Study when and where you want and finish your degree while still working full-time.
  • Get professional skills training by doing a concentration in Environmental GIS, Environmental Health and Safety, Renewable Energy, Sustainable Business, or Wildlife Ecology, or Emergency Disaster Management.
  • Make professional connections with leaders in your field.
  • Get job placement assistance through our career development department.
  • Eight start dates per year
  • The degree can be done in as little as one year depending on the number of college credits you transfer in. Our registrar is waiting to assist you in transferring in your credits!

Job Outcomes of the Online B.S. in Animal Health and Behavior

With this degree, you can pursue a career at a zoo, aquarium, wildlife preserve, rehabilitation center, humane society, or veterinary hospital. Or, you may enter a graduate program in biology, zoology, animal behavior, wildlife management or aquarium sciences. This major may also be used as a stepping stone to a professional program in veterinary medicine if you select the elective courses needed to satisfy veterinary school admission requirements.

As an Animal Health and Behavior major, you will gain the knowledge and skills to work with animals in zoos, wildlife rehabilitation, conservation parks, marine parks, veterinary hospitals, and university research labs. You can pursue pre-veterinarian (wild or domestic animal), animal shelter director, zoo/aquarium caretaker, veterinary assistant, animal welfare officer, wildlife preserve administrator, or continue on to graduate school in animal science, evolution, or behavior.

Veterinary Assistant

Projected 10-year growth:

 + 19.3%

Median Salary:



Veterinary Technician

Projected 10-year growth:

 + 20.1%

Median Salary:




Projected 10-year growth:

 + 7.7%

Median Salary:



Animal Caretaker

Projected 10-year growth:

 + 24.2%

Median Salary:



Animal Trainer

Projected 10-year growth:

 + 11.1%

Median Salary:



Veterinarian (additional education required)

Projected 10-year growth:

 + 18.8%

Median Salary:



Unity College and all established programs are accredited. As a newly launched program, the B.S. in Animal Health and Behavior is pending approval.

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