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

May 28, 2015
29th Annual Symposium



Award Winning Student

Halli Sigal Weiner, Ph.D. student in Dr. Keefer’s lab, was awarded an ASGSA Graduate Student Grant, Honorable Mention Graduate Award, and H. Palmer Hopkins Scholarship.

First Place Poster

Tyler Frankel, grad student in Dr. Orlando’s lab, was awarded 1st place for his poster presentation at the meeting of the Chesapeake Potomac Regional Chapter of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

USDA’s Agricultural Outlook Forum

ANSC PhD student, Latisha Judd, selected to attend the USDA’s 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum.



2015 AGNR Faculty, Staff Excellence Awards

ANSC is proud to claim the two winners of this year’s prestigious AGNR On-Campus Staff Award, Libby Dufour and Jennifer.

Service Recognition Awards

Four of ANSC staff members were recognized for their years of service to the University: Kim Montage-Smith for 10 years, Clare Capotosto and Sandra Nola- 20, and Sheryl Grey-30.

NRC Committee Chair

Dr. Richard Erdman has been named to chair the committee for the National Research Council (NRC) Update of the Nutrient Requirement of Dairy Cattle report.


MAES Grant

Drs. Andrew Schiffmacher, Lisa Taneyhill, and Carol Keefer have received a $30,000 Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) grant.

NIFA Grant

Drs. Carol Keefer and Brian Bequette were awarded a $452,000 grant by NIFA for a project entitled “Fluxomic Evaluation of Bovine Embryo Nutrient Utilization and Viability”.


Dr. Iqbal Hamza received a NIH/NIAID funded Phase I STTR grant for $702,315 for two years. Dr. Hamza is the PI of the STTR grant and was submitted through his start-up company Rakta Therapeutics, Inc and in collaboration with UM Baltimore.

American Cancer Society Grant

Dr. Lisa Taneyhill was awarded a $792,000 grant from the American Cancer Society to study how epithelial-to-mesenchymal transitions are regulated in neural crest cells.


MD 4-H Overall Team Champions

The MD team at the 2014 National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference was the top team in the Market Poultry division and the Market Egg division.

MD 4-H Dairy Judging Team Goes Abroad

Four team members of the Maryland 4-H Dairy Judging team had the opportunity to travel to UK and Ireland for the international dairy judging experience.

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