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

2019 Winter ANSC NewsletterRead our latest Newsletter, which highlights faculty, staff, and student academic and research achievements. 



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Graduate School’s Outstanding Research Assistant Award

Chaitra Surugihalli in Dr. Sunny’s labANSC graduate student Chaitra Surugihalli was recognized Outstanding Research Assistants Awards (AY 2018-19) at the Graduate School’s Annual Fellowship and Award Celebration on May 14, 2019. >>

Bioscience Day 2018 Poster Winners

Rini Pek (left) and Chaitra Surugihalli with their postersOn November 13, graduate students, Chaitra Surugihalli from Dr. Sunny’s lab and Rini Pek from Dr. Hamza’s lab, were winners in the poster competition for Bioscience Day 2018 in the Stamp Student Union.  >>

Timothy Sheets Receives Young Investigator Award 

Timothy Sheets presents his research at the 2018 Annual SymposiumTimothy Sheets, doctoral candidate in Dr. Bhanu Telugu's laboratory, was
recently selected for the young investigator travel award to present his research during the Large Animal Genetic Engineering Summit in Park City, Utah. >>


Dr. VanKlompenberg Wins AGNR On-campus Professional Track Faculty Excellence Award

VanKlompenberg accepts her awardDr. Monica VanKlompenberg was awarded the On-campus Professional Track Faculty Award on Wednesday, May 15th at the 2019 State of the College Awards & Service Recognition Ceremony.  >>

Dr. Porter receives Golden Alumni Award

The Department of Animal Science at the University of Minnesota awarded Dr. Tom Porter with the Golden Alumni Award for Achievement in Academia. The Golden Alumni Award recognizes an alumnus from academia that has achieved distinction in their professional life for their outstanding contributions to animal agriculture and exceptional service to their respective fields. 

Peters awarded ARPAS Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Peters accepts ARPAS awardDr. Robert Peters received the 2019 Washington D.C. Area Chapter American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) Dr. Vernon G. Pursel Memorial Distinguished Service Award. >>

Sarah Balcom Wins Woodrow Wilson Foundation Excellence in Teaching Fellowship

Sarah BalcomANSC Professor Sarah Balcom received a $20,000 Excellence in Teaching Fellowship from Course Hero & the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. This program program provides “Genius Grants” to Tenure-Track and Non-Tenure-Track Faculty to recognize, promote outstanding teaching. >>

Dr. Jourdeuil Awarded Fellowship

Dr. Karyn Jourdeuil Dr. Karyn Jourdeuil was awarded a $20,000 Postdoctoral Fellowship from the American Association of Anatomists for her proposal, "Investigating the role of gap junctions and connexin proteins in chick trigeminal ganglion
formation" >>

Welcome Dr. Shawna Weimer

Dr Shawna WeimerIn December, the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences welcomed Dr. Shawna Weimer to the faculty as an Assistant Professor, specializing in Poultry Extension. >>

2018 Shorb Lecture

2018 Shorb LectureThe 2018 Shorb Lecture, co-sponsored by ANSC and NFSC, was given on October 23 by Dr. David Mangelsdorf, Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. >>


Dr. Porter receives fourth NIFA grant

Dr Porter in his LabDr. Porter and colleagues were awarded a fourth grant in the past three years from the USDA-NIFA for their proposal titled "Molecular Basis for Egg Production Rates in Turkey Hens".  >>

Dr. Moyes awarded USDA Grant

Dr. Kasey MoyesDr. Kasey Moyes was awarded a $498,500 grant from USDA Animal Health Program (2018-22) for her proposal, “PlyC: Use of recombinant bacteriophage endolysin as a mastitis therapeutic in lactating dairy cows”. >>

Dr. Stahl and Dr. Telugu awarded $1.6 Million Grant

Chad Stahl & Bhanu Telugu awarded $1.6 Million GrantDrs. Chad Stahl  and Bhanu Telugu have been awarded a $1.6 million grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the NIH for their proposal, “A porcine model for investigating the role of an insulin signaling regulator in development and disease”.  >>

Gates Foundation Grant Awarded to Dr. Telugu

Dr Bhanu Telugu awarded Gates Foundation GrantThe Gates Foundation has awarded a $1.3 million dollar grant to Dr. Bhanu Telugu in the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources to facilitate cutting-edge research into the development of precision breeding technologies. >>


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.

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