Student Opportunities

Beyond the Classroom

Clubs and Organizations

Block and Bridle

Block and Bridle:
Animal husbandry and livestock

  • Dairy, beef, sheep and swine
  • Ag Day Diary and Livestock shows
  • Fall Bash
  • Wye Angus 

Instagram: @umdblockbridle
Facebook: @ University of Maryland Block and Bridle Club

Sigma Alpha

Sigma Alpha:
Professional Sorority 

  • Workshops
  • Networking
  • Fundraising

Instagram: @sigmaalphaterps
Facebook: @ Sigma Alpha UMD

Alpha Gamma Rho

Alpha Gamma Rho:
Social and Professional Fraternity

Instagram: @agr_maryland
Facebook: @ Alpha Gamma Rho at the University of Maryland

Pre-Veterinary Society

Pre-Veterinary Society

  • Support pursuing veterinary school
  • Practice interview skills
  • Field trips to schools and research centers
  • Attend lectures 
  • Host Guest speakers 

Instagram: @umdprevetsociety
Facebook: @ UMD Pre-Vet Society

Maryland Equestrian Club

Maryland Equestrian Club

  • Daily horse care
  • Riding lessons for beginners and experts
  • Teaching lessons

Instagram: @marylandequestrianclub
Facebook: @ Maryland Equestrian Club

Maryland Equestrian Team

Maryland Equestrian Team

  • Compete in Intercollegiate Horse Show Association
  • Clinics
  • Horse-related events

Twitter: @UMDEquestrian
Instagram: @umdequestrian
Facebook: @ University of Maryland Equestrian Team

Maryland Eventing Team

Maryland Eventing Team

  • Member of the United States Eventing Association
  • Compete at USEA Recognized National Intercollegiate Eventing Championships
  • Educational seminars
  • Local competitions
  • Clinics

Instagram: @marylandeventingteam
Facebook: @ Maryland Eventing Team at UMD

Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences

Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS)

Instagram: @umdmanrrs
Facebook: @ UMD Manrrs Chapter

Study Abroad


Study abroad is a wonderful opportunity…

Yes, you can do it as an Animal Sciences student!


As an Animal Science student, you have ample opportunities to supplement your education with study abroad programs! Here are some places you should look for different program listings and resources to plan your trip:

Things to Know

Some vet schools require all of your vet school requirements be taken at a US institution. If this applies to you, plan your courses so that you have a semester where you can take general education or elective courses abroad.

If you are planning on studying abroad within your last 30 credits of your degree, you will need to file an Exception to Policy with the College.

As internships, practicums, and experiential learning opportunities are supervised by UMD faculty, you cannot earn elective credits for studying abroad.

There are winter and summer programs if you don’t want to study abroad during a regular semester!

Undergraduate TAs and GSS Leaders

Students who have an interest in teaching and leadership have the opportunity to serve as undergraduate teaching assistants (UTAs)  and guided study session (GSS) leaders for several of our courses.

Students who serve as UTAs and GSS leaders have the opportunity to learn these topics in greater depth while providing instructional support and guidance to the students in class. To support their growth and learning in these roles, UTAs and GSS leaders can enroll in ANSC 379 - Animal Science Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Seminar (2 credits). Alternatively, students can enroll in ANSC 399 - Special Problems in Animal Science (1 credit) with their course instructor to earn credit for their work or EDUC 388T - Special Topics in Education: Guided Experiences in College Teaching (3 credits) and EDUC 498 - Special Problems in Education (1 credit).

Show an Animal on Ag Day

Every year, the UMD Block and Bridle club hosts an “Ag Day” Livestock Show as part of the University’s Maryland Day, open to students from any major or skill level. Students can choose to show lambs, swine, dairy, and/or beef heifers from the campus farm.

Participating students will be coached in the weeks leading up to the show, and learn good showmanship skills for their desired species. They will come away with a better understanding of the care, behavior, and conformation of their animal, and can become coaches in the following years!

Information about participating in the livestock show will be sent out in the early Spring.