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

Sept. 13, 2014
Advanced Horse Pasture Management Seminar
Central Maryland Research and Education Center.



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. 

Undergraduate Researchers of the Year

Kyeong (Gina) Han, a senior undergraduate, was selected as "Maryland's Undergraduate Researchers of the Year."

All-S.T.A.R. Fellowship

Dr. Jose Carrillo, graduate student in Dr. John Song's lab, was awarded a $10,000 Graduate All-S.T.A.R. Fellowship.



Certificates of Merit

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


Teaching Award

Dr. Sarah Balcom received recognized for Excellence in Instruction 2014 Outstanding Faculty Educator Awards.


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.

MAF Research Grant

Dr. Ed Orlando was awarded $124,968 by MAF for his grant proposal entitled “Environmental gestagen exposure effects on wildlife: reproductive toxicity and potential remediation.”


Dr. Ed Orlando’s was awarded $238,000 by USGS-NIWR for his grant proposal "Environmental Concentrations and Exposure Effects of Environmental Gestagens on a Sentinel Teleost Fish.”


Maryland 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.

Block and Bridle place Second at NESA

Students from the UMD's Block and Bridle Club placed 2nd of 46 collegiate teams at NESA, a regional livestock competition.

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