Livestock production is a main source of livelihood in arid to semi-arid areas of Zimbabwe. The degree programme offered in this Department focuses on livestock species suitable and/or preferred by farmers in these areas. The degree introduces students to the science of animal production and as such the first three semesters are mainly courses that give necessary background and principles for the advancement of efficient animal production and improved food quality and safety. The present program focuses on training on animal production using resources available in arid to semi-arid production environments. Students are also exposed, through practical training, to the challenges of proper care and management of domestic animals, wildlife and freshwater fish. The objective is to produce animal scientists who will pursue careers in:
which require skills in disciplines such as nutrition, genetics, physiology, animal health, feed and forage/browse utilization, farm engineering/mechanisation, meat and milk processing, business management and marketing. Other skills of critical importance are computer proficiency, report writing and oral communication, research and problem solving.