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

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



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ANSC Outstanding Senior Awards

On December 9th, the Animal Science Department celebrated six of their
graduating Senior students for outstanding achievements with cookies and hot

Bioscience Day 2019 Poster Winner 

On November 12th, graduate student Sohini Dutt from Dr. Hamza's lab was a winner in the poster competition on Bioscience Day 2019 held in Stamp Student Union. Her poster was entitled "Identifying potential mediators in inter-organ heme homeostasis. >>

Mader Wins First Place in Undergraduate Dairy Production Oral Competition at ADSA

Hanna MaderThe 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) was held June 23-26 in Cincinnati, Ohio and attended by ANSC students Hannah Mader, Rachael Rha, graduate student Amanda Fischer, and ANSC alum, Dr. Cynthia Scholte. >>

Two ANSC Students Intern at The Maryland Zoo

Nancy Huffman and Abbi SantoniDuring the spring semester Abbi Santoni and Nancy Huffman, students in Dr.Monica VanKlompenberg's ANSC359 internship course, got up close and personal with exotic animals during their internships at The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. >>


Burk Elected as Chair of the Board for the National Association of Equine Affiliated Academics (NAEAA)

Amy BurkCongratulations to Amy Burk, associate professor in Animal and Avian Sciences and leader of our equine program, for being elected as Chair of the Board for the National Association of Equine Affiliated Academics (NAEAA)! >>

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 provides “Genius Grants” to Tenure-Track and Non-Tenure-Track Faculty to recognize, promote outstanding teaching. >>


UMD Professor Observes Crystallized Iron Product, Hemozoin, Being Made in Mammals, with Widespread Implications for Future Research and Treatment of Blood Disorders

Findings could be used to treat sickle cell disease and malaria patients, while opening up diverse research avenues across immunology, parasitology, neuroscience, microbiology, and even urology. >>

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. 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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