The Elanco Fundamentals of Animal Science Certification was developed to address the need for formal training opportunities to help fulfill the more than 500 job classifications (American Society of Animal Science) within the animal science industry.

Certification Overview

The certification addresses industry valued and accepted standards produced by Elanco, and the certification serves as a validation of knowledge and skills needed to enter a variety of animal science and husbandry related fields. Those who earn the certification are more qualified and prepared to enter highly-specialized roles within the industry. Additionally, the certification allows employers to connect with more skilled candidates.

End-of-Program Course Sequence

To view the TEKS-alignment document for each course in the sequence, click on the course name below.

Industry Standard Objectives

The certification exam consists of 100 questions and assesses knowledge and concepts from the following industry standard areas.

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 provides comprehensive products and knowledge services to improve animal health and food-animal production in more than 70 countries around the world. They value innovation, both in scientific research and daily operations, and strive to cultivate a collaborative work environment for nearly 7,000 employees worldwide. Together with its customers, Elanco is committed to raising awareness about global food security and celebrating and supporting the human-animal bond. Founded in 1954, Elanco is a division of Eli Lilly and Company. Their worldwide headquarters and research facilities are located in Greenfield, Indiana. Visit for more information.

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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