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Zoology - the study of animals

Zoologists study how animals evolved, their behaviour, physiology and ecological interactions, and how to conserve populations in the face of global change.

Our courses emphasise the uniqueness of New Zealand's animals and the challenges involved in conserving them.

The department’s vision is to be among the leading university departments internationally for zoological research, teaching and learning, with a reputation for friendliness, collegiality and environmental and societal responsibility.

Career opportunities include government departments, Crown Research Institutes, Medical and veterinary laboratories, Wildlife and fisheries management, Iwi and other Māori interests, Education, Scientific publishing and Ecotourism.

Explore what makes Science at Otago so special

It’s not just our people – the experts in their fields and passionate students – but also the places we teach and learn: Otago Harbour, Fiordland, Stewart Island, Antarctica and the Pacific that mean our students leave here with highly sought-after skills and experiences.