Masters degrees in Animal Toxicology examine the effect that harmful chemicals have on animals, along with the characteristics of (and possible antidotes to) these toxins. Environmental health is usually an important part of these programmes, studying the effect that contaminants have on the air, water and soil.
Similar postgraduate specialisms include Animal Pathology, Animal Pharmacology and Animal Nutrition.
The topics that you’ll study on a Masters in Animal Toxicology have significance beyond the wellbeing of the animal kingdom. As well as covering the ways in which animals are adversely affected by toxic chemicals, you’ll probably learn about the dangers that these poisons can pose for human further up the food chain.
Adopting a multi-disciplinary approach to animal toxicology, you might study the relationship between the agriculture industry and certain environmental health hazards, working on chemical products that are safe for humans and animals alike.
Postgraduate employment prospects could involve work in veterinary research and practice, an environmental regulatory agency or the agriculture industry, to give a few examples.