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



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.


Young Scientist Award

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

PSA Fellows

Dr. Tom Porter and Dr. Roselina Angel named PSA Fellows for their professional distinction and contributions to the field of poultry science.

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.


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.

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.


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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