College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Animal & Avian Sciences


The Annual Faculty /Staff Cookoff was held on September 22. Twelve cooks competed for the coveted ribbons in three categories: Main Dish, Side Dish and Dessert. Undergraduate, graduate students, and visitors came by to taste the entries and cast their voting marbles.
Dr. Monica VanKlompenberg joins the department this Fall as an Animal Science Lecturer.
Our very own colt, Maryland's Best, born at the Campus Farm on February 12, 2014 is now a winner! He was known around the barn as Pax due to the snowstorm Pax that occurred the night of his foaling. He is by Rock Slide out of The Best Sister (Bess).
Dr. Kasey Moyes has been named the recipient of the 2016 Young Scientist – Research Award by the Northeast Section, American Society of Animal Science (NE ASAS), and the Northeast Section of the American Dairy Science Association® (ADSA).
It’s another successful year in the books for University of Maryland’s Equine Breeding Program! Our year started strong with the sale of our two 2015 Thoroughbred foals for a combined $11,500 in January, along with the acquisition of two new broodmares, and then continued like clockwork with the births of two new healthy colts in April.
The Poultry Science Association released a list of the recipients of its annual awards and honors for members working in poultry science and related disciplines. This year two of the five members selected for this prestigious award are ANSC faculty members, Dr. Tom Porter and Dr. Roselina Angel.
Six ANSC faculty were awarded funding from the Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) Competitive Grant Program for 2016-2017.
The 30th Annual Symposium of the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences was held on June 3, 2016. Faculty, graduate students, staff, and invited guests participated in this all day, research focused event to celebrate our collective scholarship and the completion of another academic year.
The Graduate School has awarded Tyler Frankel one of sixteen Graduate School All-S.T.A.R. (Scholarship, Teaching, Administration, Research) Fellowships for the academic year 2016-2017. Tyler is a...
Thirty-seven U.S. government veterinarians on an Ebola response team shared an honor for their work to control spread of the virus. Among them Lt. Ilana Schafer, DVM, an alumna of ANSC, who worked in Dr. Carol Keefer's lab during her time in College Park.
Maryland Day, also know as Ag Day has something for everyone! Students, Faculty, Staff : Show your friends and family why you’re proud to be part of the Maryland community. Alumni : Catch up with...
A little snow couldn’t keep AGNR’s ewes from having their lambs earlier this month! Since Monday, February 8, thirteen ram lambs and fifteen ewe lambs have been born; ushered into the world by Campus Farm Manager Crystal Caldwell and the 32 students of ANSC235, Applied Small Ruminant Parturition.
Dr. Nicole Rietzschel, postdoctoral scholar in the Hamza laboratory, has been awarded the prestigious Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) postdoctoral fellowship for 2 years of funding.
Serajus Salaheen, Ph.D. candidate in Dr. Biswas’ lab was awarded a Cosmos Scholars Grant in the amount of $3,000 for his research proposal entitled “Natural phenolic antimicrobials from berry byproducts replacing synthetic antibiotics in farm animal production.”
Equine Studies has released their 2015 Annual Report , which highlights their accomplishments and efforts over the past year in teaching, extension, and research. Learn more:
Researchers at the University of Maryland found a new method to produce fuel — not from fossils or corn, but from bacteria. Richard Kohn, an animal and avian sciences professor, along with Seon-Woo Kim, a faculty research assistant, developed a more efficient process to produce biofuels, or energy sources that come from living things.
The Faculty/Staff Cookoff was held September 29 with crowds of judges and many talented participants. Competition was fierce as each dish was an amazing creation, and every entry had its devoted fans.
Professor Iqbal Hamza was recently awarded a renewal of his NIH R01 grant titled "The Transport of Nutritional Heme in Animal Development" for $2,382,501 over 5 years.
Diamondback Fire, the first foal born in the new equine breeding program raced for the first time on September 4 in Timonium and won!
Welcome back for the Fall 2018 semester!


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