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. Learn More>>

Upcoming Events

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


Department Newsletter

Read our latest Newsletter, which highlights faculty, staff, and student, academic and research achievements>>




Maryland's Best Is a Winner

Born on the Campus Farm, young Pax took his 1st win in a race. The win is significant for the breeding program.

State Fair Dairy & Beef Team

ANSC students help educate visitors about dairy cattle at the Maryland State Fair.


State Fair Birthing Center

The Birthing Center featured piglets, baby chicks and birthing areas where cows and sows gave birth.

Pat Concannon Award

Tricia Rowlison, grad student of Dr. Mary Ann Ottinger and Dr. Pierre Comizzoli, has been awarded the Pat Concannon Award at the 8th International Symposium on Canine and Feline Reproduction in France.


Faculty & Staff Cookoff 2016

12 cooks competed for the coveted ribbons in the Annual Faculty/Staff Cookoff, which was held on Sept. 22.

New Lecturer

Dr. Monica VanKlompenberg joins the department this Fall as an Animal Science Lecturer.


Young Scientist-Research Award

Dr. Kasey Moyes received the Northeast Region American Society of Animal Science and American Dairy Assocation Young Scientist Award.


PNAS Publication

The Hamza lab recently had some of their research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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.


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.


ANSC Alumni Teaching in Liberia

ANSC alumni Anna and Nathan Glenn (Class of '12) have gone to Liberia to teach Agriculture.


Catching Up with the Campus Farm

An article written by ANSC alum Caroline Speiker was featured in the September issue of The Equiery.

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