University of Maryland

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
Tuesdays at 3:30pm
Lecture Hall 0408, Animal Sciences, Bldg. 142

AGNR Commencement, Winter 2014
December 21, 2014, 3:30pm
Memorial Chapel, UMD

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Students

International Teaching Fellows

Grad students, Sai Yuan in Dr. Kim's lab, and Yang Qu, in Dr. Moyes' lab, have been selected as 2014-2015 TLTC-Graduate School International Teaching Fellows.

2014 Faculty/Staff Cookoff

Students filled the concourse to sample the delicious entries by faculty and staff members for the 2014 Cookoff.

ASGSA Grants for Grads 2014 Winners

Three ANSC graduate students have each been awarded funding through the Animal Sciences Graduate Student Association "Grants for Grads" program.

Northeast SARE Graduate Student Grant

Serajus Salaheen, graduate student in Dr. Debabrata Biswas’s lab, was awarded 2014 Northeast SARE Graduate Student grant in the amount of $14,983.

ANSC Student Featured in GSD Newsletter

Marie Iwaniuk, graduate student in Dr. Rich Erdman's lab, was honored in the American Dairy Science Association's Graduate Student Division newsletter in a Student Spotlight. 

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Faculty/Staff

Dr. Rachel Dennis Joins ANSC

Dr. Rachel Dennis received her master’s degree from ANSC and has fond memories of visiting her grandparents who raised broiler chickens on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Certificates of Merit

Dr. Lisa Taneyhill and Dr. Sarah Balcom received Certificates of Merit from Gamma Sigma Delta.  

Research

 1.9 Million in NIDCR/NIH Grant Funding

Dr. Lisa Taneyhill has been awarded $1.9 million from NIDCR/NIH for her grant proposal entitled, “Neural crest and placode cell interactions during cranial gangliogenesis.”

NIFA-USDA Grant for Reproductive Research

Dr. Curry Woods was awarded $20,000 by NIFA-USDA for his research: “Teleost spermatozoal transriptomes: requisite foundation for functional genomics, sperm quality and male fertility.”

$1.6 Million Grant Funding from NIH-NIFA

Dr. Bhanu Telugu receives $1.6 million grant from NIH-NIFA for his research: "Generation of Zoonotic Influenza Resistant Recombinant Pigs via Site-directed Technology."

Seed Grant for Reproductive Research

The University of Maryland and the Smithsonian Institute has awarded Dr. Carol Keefer a grant of $40,000 for her work in trying to save endangered species.

Extension

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.

Maryland Dairy Judging Heads Overseas

After a wildly successful fundraiser, the Maryland 4-H Dairy Judging Team raised over $12,000 to support their traveling expenses. Their next stop is Edinburgh, Scotland for the Royal Highland Show.

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