Livestock Industries

The Livestock Industries certificate program is designed to provide students with skills and expertise in livestock production across a broad spectrum of applied coursework and hands-on education.

Students engage with leading professors, researchers, and future colleagues in ways that are directly applicable to managing a livestock operation. They also develop communication skills while bridging the gap between theory and practical best management practices.

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Area of study include:

  • Animal reproduction
  • Animal nutrition and feeding
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Livestock management
  • Farm business management

Students can also get involved in a variety of clubs and organizations including Block and Bridle, Avian Science Club, Dairy Club and Rodeo Club.

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Career Opportunities

Following graduation, students receive an MSU IAT certificate. If interested, students can also transfer into Michigan State University to earn a bachelor degree in animal science or another related major.

Graduates find careers in livestock industries and operations based on their interests.

Some career paths include:

  • Farm owner/operator
  • Herdsperson
  • Production manager
  • Nutritionist and feed specialist
  • Equipment sales/services manager
  • Pharmaceutical sale/service professional


The Livestock Industries certificate program is based in East Lansing on the campus of Michigan State University.

Program requirements:

  • 48 credits
  • 3-4 semesters of classroom instruction
  • 1 semester off-campus, industry-related internship (typically during the summer from May to August)

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Class sizes are small and students receive individualized instruction in addition to having access to Big Ten facilities and experiences. All students will engage in a clerkship experience at one of the MSU livestock farms on South Campus. These facilities are reflective of modern operations around the region, and allow students an up-close look at current livestock production practices.

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IAT coordinators help students find and secure organizations to mentor them as part of their required certificate program internship. Not only does this provide immediate on-the-job experience, but internships also help with networking and industry connections.

Some types of internships include:

  • Beef feedlot
  • Beef cow calf
  • Swine farrow to finish 

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