College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Animal & Avian Sciences


A tense scenario inside the horse barn on the University of Maryland’s Campus Farm required quick thinking and heroic actions by a group of students and faculty in the equine studies program to help save one of the newest members of the Terrapin family.
They look like any other week-old piglets squirming to nuzzle against their mother for warmth and sustenance, making soft snorting sounds as they wiggle their stubby, pink piglet tails. However, 18 piglets born recently are the result of two years of intense research by scientists in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (link is external) at the University of Maryland and represent a breakthrough in the field of genetic engineering.
Two students from the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) were selected from a competitive national pool of applicants to attend the USDA’s 2015 Agricultural...
The 2014 National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference was held November 19-20 at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville. This annual conference allows 4-Hers from all over the country to...
Two professors emeritus from the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences (ANSC) at the University of Maryland have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS...
Dr. Hei Sook Sul gave the 41st Shorb Lecture on Nutrition on November 18. The lecture series in honor of Dr. Mary Shorb is sponsored jointly by the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences and Department of Nutrition and Food Science.
Joining the faculty in the Department of Animal & Avian Sciences at the University of Maryland felt like coming home in more ways than one for Rachel Dennis. A native of Virginia, Dennis received...
Students filled the concourse to sample the delicious entries by faculty and staff members for the 2014 Cookoff. Here are the ones they judged the best:
Dr. Lisa Taneyhill has been awarded a $1.9 million from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, NIH (NIDCR/NIH) for her R01 grant proposal entitled, “Neural crest and placode cell interactions during cranial gangliogenesis.”
Brian Bequette, a professor in the animal and avian sciences department and well-regarded Gemstone team mentor, died Tuesday at Washington Adventist Hospital after he collapsed earlier in the day. He was 53.
Dr. Bhanu Telugu has been awarded a $1.6 million from the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Competitive Grants Program. This is a NIH-NIFA Dual purpose with Dual benefits (R01) grant...
The summer after your high school career comes to an end is typically one of transition: saying good bye to friends, preparing for living somewhere other than the home you grew up in, and, of course...
A joint review panel of the University of Maryland and the Smithsonian Institute awarded Dr. Carol Keefer a grant of $40,000 for her work in trying to save endangered species.
Kendra Smyth is a former graduate student in Dr. Xiao’s laboratory who graduated with an MS in 2012 and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University...
The Equine Research Unit in Clarksville Maryland just welcomed the addition of two new residents. Foals Pax and Forest were born on campus over the winter and have moved into their new homes at Equine Research Unit (ERU). Dr. Amy Burk, director of the unit, is ecstatic to have them.
While they may seem unconnected, a dried apple can be an allegory for personal hygiene and making dill pickles is a way to learn about buying food responsibly. These connections are the building blocks behind ANSC227, Eating with Eyes Wide Open.
Four students from the University of Maryland’s Block and Bridle Club placed 2nd of 46 collegiate teams at NESA, a regional livestock competition hosted this year at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Both the University of Maryland and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources graduation ceremonies were held on May 22. Congratulations to our Animal Science graduates!
Kayla Miner vividly remembers watching her sheep give birth to three lambs — Harry, Hermione and Ron — one spring Friday afternoon. “It was just the miracle of life, and I got to help and be a part of it,” the senior animal sciences major said. Miner watched the birth during her lamb watch course, ANSC 235: Applied Small Ruminant Parturition. Now she is a teaching assistant for the two-credit animal sciences course, in which students learn about and look after sheep on the Campus Farm.
From candy and quilts to embryos and heifers, the 2013 Maryland 4-H Dairy Judging team has been extremely busy this year with their fundraising efforts. The final fundraiser wrapped up on Sunday at the Maryland Purebred Dairy Cattle Association’s Combined Breed Field Day where a raffle ticket was drawn for a quilt that was hand pieced and machine finished by Kiera Finucane.


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