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Zoology studies consist of areas such as animal species and their taxonomic relations (systematics), animal distribution and abundance within their range (zoogeography), interaction between species, individuals and their environment (ecology) and whole animals as functional units (physiology). An ecologist most often operates with data gathered in the field; the data being either descriptive, inventory, comparative or experimental. Physiologists conduct experimental studies on the structure and function of animal tissues and organs, usually working in the laboratory. The different branches of zoology often overlap each other, and researchers must deal with a wide range of questions, for example, in the fields of ecophysiology, or ecological biogeography.

The knowledge from zoological studies is used in biotechnics, medicine, game, domestic and fur animal husbandry, fishery, limnology and nature conservation.