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


Department Newsletter

Read our latest Newsletter, which highlights faculty, staff, and student academic and research achievements.




From China Star to Maryland Student

ANSC 2 + 2 undergraduate student Ray An accepted to Ivy League schools.


Postdoctoral Fellowship

Megan Brown, grad student in Dr. Keefer’s lab, was awarded a two-year post-doctoral training fellowship by Morris Animal Foundation.

Maryland's Best has done it again!

The University of Maryland bred colt born on the campus farm has won his second race at Laurel Park.


2017 Cosmos Scholars Award

Tricia Rowlison, grad student of Dr. Mary Ann Ottinger and Dr. Pierre Comizzoli, has received 2017 Cosmos Scholars Award in the amount of $1,500.


Celebrating Women in Agriculture

Dr. Taneyhill featured by AGNR as part of the Women’s History Month for her contributions to the field of agriculture.

New Faculty Member

Dr. Nishanth Sunny joined the department in January as an Assistant Professor.


Momentum Features Dr. Biswas’s Berry Study

Dr. Debabrata Biswas ‘s study on berry fruits as antibiotic alternative for use in poultry production has been featured in the latest Momentum issue.

The department welcomes Racheal Slattery, the new Coordinator of Dairy-Beef Extension Activities.


Mather MBoC Article

Professor Emeritus Ian Mather has had a new article published in the Journal of Molecular Biology of the Cell and his work is on the front cover.  

Journal of Cell Biology publication

The Taneyhill lab recently had some of their research published in the Journal of Cell Biology. 


Article in Science

Dr. Taneyhill, as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Gene Drives Research: Recommendations for Responsible Conduct, has co-authored an article in Science.


Equine Studies Annual Report 

Equine Studies has released their 2016 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.


ANSC Alumni Teaching in Liberia

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


Catching Up with the Campus Farm

An article written by ANSC alum Caroline Speiker was featured in the September issue of The Equiery.

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