College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

Animal & Avian Sciences

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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>>

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Department Newsletter

Fall 2017 NewsletterRead our latest Newsletter, which highlights faculty, staff, and student academic and research achievements.



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AAVI Poster Award Winner

Jonatan MendezJonatan Mendez, graduate student in the Xiao lab, was recognized as a poster winner for his poster entitled, “Bovine neutrophils form extracellular traps in response to the gastrointestinal parasite Ostertagia ostertagi” by the American Association of Immunologists (AAVI) at CRWAD 2017, the 98th Annual Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases held December 4-5 in Chicago.

Poster Award Winner

Shelley Sandmaier, grad student in the Telugu lab, won the poster competition for her poster entitled, "Investigating the role of PRDM14 in the porcine germ cell program".


Equine Faculty, Staff and Students Honored with Award

Horse Industry Day Special Recognition AwardThe Equine Studies Program was honored with a Special Recognition Award from the Maryland Horse Breeders Association on January 30 at the Maryland Horse Industry Day in Annapolis.

Nickolas G. Zimmermann, Ph.D. (1950-2017)

Dr. Nick Zimmermann, retired Associate Professor and Poultry Specialist, passed away on September 29 after many years battling a brain tumor.


Telugu Awarded NIFA Grant 

Dr. Bhanu Telugu

Dr. Bhanu Telugu has been awarded a $500,000 grant from
the National Institute of Food and Agriculture for his grant proposal titled "Genome Editing To Create Germ Cell Deficient Livestock."

Biswas Awarded Grant

Debabrata BiswasDr. Debabrata Biswas has been awarded $100,000 by NIFA for his proposal entitled, “Competitive exclusion of Campylobactercolonization in poultry by overexpression of linoleate isomerase gene in Lactobacillus casei.”

Kim Awarded $1.39 Million R01 Grant

Dr. Byung-Eun Kim has been awarded a $1.39 million grant from NIDDK/NIH for his R01 grant proposal entitled “Systemic Copper Homeostasis Regulation in Mammals.”

NIFA Grant

Dr. Tom Porter has been awarded a $500K grant from NIFA to study mitigation of heat stress in broiler chickens through early-life thermal conditioning. 

Porter and Ellestad Awarded NIFA Grant

Dr. Tom Porter and Dr. Laura Ellestad awarded a $500K grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Sunny Awarded $1.86 million R01 Grant

Dr. Nishanth E. Sunny has been awarded a $1.86 million grant from NIH for his R01 grant proposal entitled “Metabolic Origins of Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis.”  


UMD Educates Small Flock Owners

Dr. Nathaniel Tablante teaches participants about First Aid for poultry.123 people from Maryland and surrounding states attended the
Mid Atlantic Small Flock Expo, held February 10, 2018 at the Carroll County Ag Center in Westminster, Maryland. 

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.


Alumnus Daniel Castranova at Charles River

Dan Castranova

Daniel Castranov (’03) former MS graduate student in Dr. Woods laboratory is an aquatic research specialist studying the living cells and tissues of zebrafish.

ANSC Alumni Teaching in Liberia

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


Alum Kathleen (Hughes) Hartman in the News

ANSC alum Kathleen (Hughes) Hartman is now the Aquaculture Program Leader for USDA/APHIS Veterinary Services and was featured in "Fish Farming News.”

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