Clubs and Organizations
The clubs and organizations affiliated with the Animal Science department allow ample opportunities for leadership, development, hands-on animal experience, and fun!
A list of ALL student organizations on campus can be found on the STARS - Student Activities Reporting System.
Alpha Gamma Rho is a social/professional fraternity that has been a training ground for leaders in the agriculture and life sciences community since it was established at College Park in 1928. AGR has a rich tradition of alumni contacts with over 50,000 brothers nationwide, including over 700 brothers in the Washington area alone. AGR men are leaders in various clubs within the college and the fraternity is an active member of both the Inter-fraternity Council (IFC) and the Ag Student Council. Alpha Gamma Rho stresses scholarship, leadership and fellowship, and it is well respected among Greek organizations because of their no pledging, substance free, scholars environment. In addition, the chapter house on Princeton Avenue offers the opportunity to live with brothers who are taking the same classes and share many of the same interests which makes it much easier to find a niche on such a large campus.
Alpha Zeta is an agricultural professional honor society whose membership is selected from undergraduate and graduate students excelling in scholarship, leadership, character, and service. Organizational events include coordinating the Partners in Education program with the USDA Agriculture Research Service, Beltsville Area, fund raising activities, community service projects, awards and recognition programs, and an annual student/faculty/alumni banquet. A popular annual event is coordinating a Field Day for young children at the nearby National Agricultural Research Visitor Center at Beltsville.
The Animal Husbandry Club at The University of Maryland, provides opportunities for students to gain animal handling experience, build interpersonal relationship skills, and students are given the encouragement to excel! Activities and experiences specifically designed for students of diversified interests in animal agriculture are provided, including experiences with many different domestic species. Membership is open to all undergraduate students interested in getting hands-on experience working with dairy, beef, sheep or swine, and learning more about general animal sciences. Activities include the Ag Day Dairy and Livestock Shows, Harvest Stomp/Fall Festival, fitting of animals for the annual Wye Angus Sale, and other activities working with dairy animals. One can gain further leadership skills by holding an office. Each Spring, elections are held for President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Historian.
Many colleges and universities have Collegiate 4-H clubs. Collegiate 4-H is an organization that provides its members with a sense of identity on campus, enriches their lives through group projects and recreation, and develops confidence and leadership skills. Clubs provide service and support to their local and state 4-H programs, such as serving as judges and conducting training workshops. They are also a service and social group for campus students. Collegiate 4-H is open to all college students who wish to support youth and the 4-H program. It is not necessary to have prior 4-H experience, only to have an interest in the 4-H ideals and in serving your community.
This club was reinstated on University of Maryland's campus to provide academic and professional advancement by empowering minorities in agriculture, natural resources and related sciences. MANRRS’ purpose is to promote exposure to agricultural related professions including veterinarians, lab animal techs, and jobs in the USDA, along with others to minorities. It lists internship opportunities, and holds annual conferences for its members from all chapters. It also serves as a networking tool for students interested in agriculture and related science professions. Activities include: Club Meetings once a month; Fundraisers to provide funding for field trips to meetings at possibly University of Maryland at Eastern Shore; annual MANRRS conferences and job fairs; Volunteer Opportunities at SPCA; Guest Speakers in the veterinary medicine, agriculture, and lab animal medicine field.
The Maryland Equestrian Club provides on-campus horseback riding lessons and equine learning opportunities for campus students and faculty at beginner through advanced levels. The ANSC department provides the barn, equipment, riding arenas and horses while the students provide care for the horses. There is a riding fee of $200 per semester for 1 riding lesson a week for the entire semester. Large deductions are easily earned for help with feeding, cleaning stalls or teaching. Club members not riding are strongly encouraged to participate in other club activities, such as educational and fun seminars, field trips and monthly meetings. In the past, MEC members have attended the Columbia Grand Prix and the Washington International Horse Show and taken field trips to the DuPont Veterinary Medical Center in Leesburg, Va. and Days End Horse Rescue Farm in Maryland. Members have also participated in clinics on tack fitting and identifying lameness in horses. Club members, under the leadership of the Executive Board and Directors, make most MEC club decisions. We offer a great opportunity to all students and we're always open to suggestions. We also try to have something for everyone including basic English equitation, Western equitation, dressage, bareback and trail riding, horse and farm management, veterinary care, teaching skills and much more. The MEC is located at the campus horse barn, and our office is in the Shack, right next to the paddocks. There is very limited space in the riding lessons, so e-mail us right away to reserve yourself a spot in the most educational equine club provided by the University of Maryland.
The primary objectives of the The Pre-Veterinary Society are to: Promote a deeper understanding of the numerous opportunities in veterinary medicine; exchange information on veterinary and animal experiences, and keep students updated on the latest veterinary school information. Activites include: A variety of guest speakers are invited to club meetings to talk about their specialties or field of interest; faculty from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine speak to club members about veterinary medical school and conduct mock interviews; Club sponsored trips offer our members the ability to tour various veterinary medical facilities and talk to veterinary students and faculty and to visit local zoos and animal care facilities; APVMA National Symposium which is held at different veterinary schools annually; Volunteer with the Prince George's County Animal Shelter in partnership with PetSmart to help find homes for abandoned animals.
Sigma Alpha is a national professional agricultural sorority. The objective of the sorority is to promote its members in all facets of agriculture and to strengthen the friendships among them. Members strive for achievement in scholarship, leadership, service, and to further the development of women pursuing careers in agriculture. Sigma Alpha works to promote agriculture, and women’s role, on our campus, in our community and throughout the state. Activities include: attending regional and national conferences /conventions; participating in college events (Fall Bash, ANSC orientation, Cook-Offs); service activities- including teaching agriculture to local elementary students and judging contests for the Maryland FFA; professional Guest speakers, and participating in MD day/Ag day Membership rush is held on a semester basis. To be eligible, potential members must have: 2.25 Cumulative GPA, Agriculture major or sincere interest in agriculture, be a member of 1 other group or Enrolled in 18 credits or working 10 hours a week.
Our club is based on the belief that no world issue can be solved by only helping animals or people or the environment. Therefore, our mission is to create programs each semester, which will help benefit all three. Members will be involved in volunteer work such as organizing food packages for the homeless, cleaning the Chesapeake Bay, and working at animal rescues. We look forward to seeing the impact our club will have on the community through its diverse volunteering experiences.
The University of Maryland Equestrian Team is a sports club that competes in intercollegiate competition through the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association. Throughout the year we compete against area schools such as Goucher, UMW, American, and many others. Though showing is available to all team members, it is not required. Our team rides once a week at Oatland Stables in Gaithersburg, MD. Additionally, our members have the opportunity to participate in clinics and other horse-related events. Riders ranging from the levels of walk/trot to open jumping (3' courses) are welcome to join our team.
The Zoo and Marine Biology Adventures Club is established for the express purpose of allowing students to spend time together while traveling to zoos and aquariums and to share their passion of nature and wildlife with others, and to bring animals to campus to increase awareness of animal conservation. Current activity plans include 4-5 zoo/aquarium visits per school year and a club sponsored petting zoo on campus once a year.