The Elanco Fundamentals of Animal Science Certification verifies individuals have acquired the foundational knowledge and skills to pursue a career within the animal science industry.

Meeting the Industry Need

The certification assesses industry-valued and industry-recognized standards produced by Elanco, a global company creating products to improve animal health and protein production since 1954. Due to their leadership in the field of animal science, employers — veterinarians, animal healthcare providers, livestock farm managers/ herdsman, feed sales/consultants, zoologists, sales representatives, etc.— recognize the value behind the Elanco brand.

The certification validates individuals are more qualified and prepared to enter a wide variety of roles in one of the largest industries in the world. Additionally, the certification allows employers to connect with more skilled candidates, filling gaps in the labor market and jump-starting individuals’ careers.

According to the American Society of Animal Science, there are 500 job classifications within the animal science industry. The typical job working with animals brings in about $55,775, according to 2015 U.S. Census data, quoted in a USA Today article.

Industry Standards

The certification exam consists of 100 questions and assesses knowledge and skills from the following weighted industry standards:

General Animal Science

Origin & Evolution of Livestock
Terms & Terminology (beef, dairy, horse, sheep, goat, swine, poultry)
External Anatomy
Meat Inspection Regulations
Harvesting Process


Animal Breeding

Animal Microgenetics (cell division, embryo development, structure/composition of genes)
Breeding Systems (grading up, crossbreeding, inbreeding, linebreeding)
Breeding Methods (pen, stud, artificial insemination, embryo transfer) Cloning


Animal Health & Wellness

Common Diseases (nutritional, bacterial, viral, parasitic, fungal, genetic)
Common Parasites (internal, external)
Basic Surgical Procedures (dehorning, castration, tail docking, teeth clipping, lancing)
Injection Methods (intramuscular, subcutaneous, intravenous)
Injection & Vaccination Rules and Regulations


Animal Nutrition

Digestive Systems (ruminant, monogastric)
Digestive Requirements & Nutritional Needs (ruminant, monogastric)
Balanced Rations
Feeds & Additives
Hays & Legumes


Animal Management Practices (beef cattle, sheep, goat, swine)

Production Systems
Handling & Equipment
Nutrition & Health
Selection & Breeding
Management Practices


About Elanco

Elanco is a global animal health company that develops products and knowledge services to prevent and treat disease in food animals and pets in more than 90 countries. With a 64-year heritage, Elanco rigorously innovates to improve the health of animals and benefit customers, while fostering an inclusive, cause-driven culture for more than 5,800 employees. Elanco is driven by their vision of food and companionship enriching life - all to advance the health of animals, people and the planet.

Employer Certification Verification

If you are an employer looking to verify a potential applicant's credentials, please fill out the form to the right. We will contact you with the status of the certification number you provide.

If you do not have a certification number, please contact our customer support team to verify your candidate at: or 1-800-922-9965.

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