College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Animal & Avian Sciences

Chair's Welcome!

The Department of Animal and Avian Sciences was formed in 1997 through the merger of the Animal Science, Dairy Science and Poultry Science Departments. Animal science is the study of domesticated animals used for food, biomedical research and leisure. Our department fulfills a tripartite mission of research, teaching, and extension. Departmental research programs are focused in four areas:

The Animal Science graduate program offers advanced training in each of these research focus areas. More>>

Upcoming Events

Department Seminar Series
Every Tue. at 3:30 p.m.
Lecture Hall 0408



Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship

Ankita Shah has been awarded an Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship for 2016-17, which includes a stipend of $10,000.

Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award

Serajus Salaheen has received an Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award from the Graduate School for his achievements during his graduate studies.


The Graduate School has awarded Tyler Frankel one of sixteen Graduate School All-S.T.A.R. Fellowships for the academic year 2016-17.



ADVANCE Professor

Dr. Carol Keefer has been appointed as the ADVANCE Professor for AGNR to improve work environments, retention, and advancement of tenured and tenure-track women faculty.

Dr. Taneyhill Contributes to NAS Report

Dr. Lisa Taneyhill and her colleagues produced a new report from the NAS concluding that gene-drive modified organisms are not ready to be released into the environment.

American Cancer Society Features Dr. Taneyhill

American Cancer Society interviews Dr. Lisa Taneyhill about her melanoma research, which could one day improve outcomes for advanced melanoma.


NIFA Grants

Dr. Li Ma was recently awarded a USDA-NIFA grant entitled “Sequence-Based Big Data Genomic Discovery and Application to Improve Dairy Fertility” for $350,000.

MAES Grants

Six ANSC faculty were awarded funding from the Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station Competitive Grant Program for 2016-17.

30th Annual Symposium

During the Symposium faculty, graduate students, staff, and invited guests participated in a research focused event to celebrate our collective scholarship and the completion of another academic year.

Tier 1 Seed Grant

Dr. Debabrata Biswas has been awarded a $50,000 Tier 1 Seed Grant from the Division of Research to study genetic engineering of the probiotic organism Lactobacillis casei.

NIFA Grant Awarded

Dr. Zhengguo Xiao was awarded a NIFA (USDA) grant entitled “Mucosal Immune Response to Ostertagia ostertagi in Cattle” for $499,999 over 3 years.


Equine Studies Annual Report 

Equine Studies has released their 2015 Annual Report, which highlights their accomplishments and efforts in teaching, extension, and research.

4-H Horse Judging, Hippology Contests

The event allows 4-H members and their families to become familiar with our programs, facilities as well as to interact with faculty and staff.

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