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 developing products to improve animal health and protein production in more than 90 countries. Due to their leadership in the field of animal science, employers — veterinarians, animal health-care providers, zoologists, feed sales/consultants, sales representatives, livestock farm managers/herdsman, 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 identify and connect with more skilled candidates, filling gaps in the labor market and jumpstarting 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
External Anatomy
Meat Inspection Regulations
Harvesting Process


Animal Breeding

Animal Microgenetics
Breeding Systems
Breeding Methods


Animal Health & Wellness

Common Diseases
Common Parasites
Injection Methods
Injection & Vaccination Rules and Regulations


Animal Nutrition

Digestive Systems
Digestive Requirements & Nutritional Needs
Balanced Rations
Feeds & Additives
Hays & Legumes


Animal Management Practices (Beef Cattle, Sheep, Goat & Swine)

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


See It In Action

Elanco Fundamentals of Animal Science Certification Spotlight: Nottoway High School

After earning the Elanco Fundamentals of Animal Science Certification, students at Nottoway High School are more qualified and prepared to secure valuable employment opportunities.

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Optional Certification Preparation Materials

The iCEV online curriculum platform offers a variety of preparatory content and resources designed to prepare individuals to earn industry certifications.

Multimedia Presentations

Prepare for the certification exam with engaging video and PowerPoint® presentation lessons. Each lesson is developed through collaboration with industry experts in order to address industry standards within each certification.

Interactive Coursework


iCEV's interactive activities, projects and assessments are based on real-world scenarios and reinforce comprehension of the industry standards assessed within each certification exam.

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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