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
Tue. at 3:30 p.m. Lecture Hall 0408 Sept. 1 – Dec.
8 Jan. 26 – May 10

Faculty/Staff Cookoff
ANSC Concourse
Wed., Sept. 29, 5pm



All-S.T.A.R. Fellowship

Megan Brown, grad student in Dr. Carol Keefer’s lab, awarded the Graduate School All-S.T.A.R. Fellowship with $10,000 stipend.

AGNR Scholarship

Serajus Salaheen, Ph.D. student in Dr. Biswas's lab has been awarded the Dr. Richard F. Davis Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $2,000 from AGNR.

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.

Soares Travel Award

ANSC grad students Tracy Catterton, Haarin Chun are recipients of the Soares Travel Award. Both students received $900 prizes.



Staff Person of the Year

Jennifer Reynolds, Coordinator of Equine-Poultry Extension Activities, was chosen as the 2015 Staff Person of the Year by the Department.

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.


2015 Annual Symposium

Dr. Wessling-Resnick opened the 29th Annual Symposium with the keynote talk entitled “The Belgrade Rat.”

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.


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.

2015 Maryland 4-H Dairy Bowl

A total of 52 youths from 7 counties participated in the Junior, Intermediate and Senior Divisions.

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