ARPAS membership registration can be in one or more of the following species/product areas: Aquaculture; Beef Cattle; Companion Animals; Dairy Cattle; Horses; Goats; Laboratory Animals; Poultry; Sheep; Swine; Meat Science; Dairy Product Science; and Poultry Product Science.
Professional Animal Scientist (PAS)
Associate Member PAS (Assoc. PAS)
Must be a current undergraduate or graduate student, or have a BS, MS, or PhD in an area of animal science or a closely related field. Associates will be granted Full Member status after gaining the required experience outlined under the Full Membership heading and maintaining the required Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
*Undergraduate and Graduate Student Membership is available to full-time students and requires verification from major professor to qualify. Student members will be required to complete the application and examination process, including payment of any fees. In addition to exam fee, the student will be expected to pay the student dues for the first year of membership and for every year thereafter while the member is a full-time student. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are not required for student members while enrolled in a full-time degree program.
Full Member PAS (PAS)
Must meet all requirements of an Associate Member, plus:
- BS degree plus four years of experience or
- MS degree plus two years of experience or
- PhD degree plus one year of experience in an area of animal science or closely related field.
*Full Member PAS HQI (Highly Qualified Individual) Route
Individuals who qualify for PAS Full Membership, and who are widely recognized for research, extension, teaching, or accomplishments in the animal science field, may qualify without examination based on credentials and experience.
To be eligible for HQI, the candidate must have 5 years of experience beyond a PhD or DVM, 10 years of experience beyond the MS degree, or 15 years of experience beyond a postbaccalaureate, post-secondary, or professional degree from an approved institution.
An eligible HQI candidate must be nominated by a current PAS member in good standing. Two letters of nomination and recommendation from PAS members in good standing are required for PAS certification via the HQI route.
For each HQI application, the Membership Committee shall determine any additional application requirements that must be met before the application will be approved for Registry membership.
An application fee will be required for each species specialization where certification is desired.
HQI Nomination Form
Registered Animal Scientist/Registered Animal Product Specialist (RAS/RAPS)
Associate Member RAS/RAPS (Assoc. RAS/Assoc. RAPS)
Must have two years of experience in one of the related areas of specialization or species. Does not require any degree type.
Full Member RAS/RAPS (RAS/RAPS)
Must have four years of experience in one of the related areas of specialization or closely related field. Does not require any degree type.
Additional areas of specialization are available for PAS and RAS full members:
Emeritus membership is available for ARPAS members who have retired and who are no longer practicing professional activities in animal science. CEUs are not required for Emeritus members.
Request for Emeritus Status Form