College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Animal & Avian Sciences

Chair's Welcome!

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>>

Upcoming Events

Department Seminar Series
Every Tue. at 3:30 p.m.
Lecture Hall 0408


Department Newsletter

Read our latest Newsletter, which highlights faculty, staff, and student academic and research achievements.




2017 Cosmos Scholars Award

Tricia Rowlison, grad student of Dr. Mary Ann Ottinger and Dr. Pierre Comizzoli, has received 2017 Cosmos Scholars Award in the amount of $1,500.

Successful Sale of UMD Colt

Equine Studies students participated in the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Winter Mixed Sale.


Success at SETAC

At the annual SETAC meeting, Tyler Frankel received a travel award and Grace DeWitt placed 2nd in the poster competition.

Travel Grant

Ph.D. student Jicai Jiang has been awarded the Neal A. Jorgenson Genome Travel Grant in Livestock Bioinformatics for the Plant and Animal Genome XXV meeting.


New Faculty Member

Dr. Nishanth Sunny joined the department in January as an Assistant Professor.


Momentum Features Dr. Biswas’s Berry Study

Dr. Debabrata Biswas ‘s study on berry fruits as antibiotic alternative for use in poultry production has been featured in the latest Momentum issue.

The department welcomes Racheal Slattery, the new Coordinator of Dairy-Beef Extension Activities.


Faculty & Staff Cookoff 2016

12 cooks competed for the coveted ribbons in the Annual Faculty/Staff Cookoff, which was held on Sept. 22.


Journal of Cell Biology publication

The Taneyhill lab recently had some of their research published in the Journal of Cell Biology. 


Article in Science

Dr. Taneyhill, as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Gene Drives Research: Recommendations for Responsible Conduct, has co-authored an article in Science.

PNAS Publication

The Hamza lab recently had some of their research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


Equine Studies Annual Report 

Equine Studies has released their 2016 Annual Report, which highlights their accomplishments and efforts in teaching, extension, and research.

4-H Horse Judging, Hippology Contests

The event allows 4-H members and their families to become familiar with our programs, facilities as well as to interact with faculty and staff.


ANSC Alumni Teaching in Liberia

ANSC alumni Anna and Nathan Glenn (Class of '12) have gone to Liberia to teach Agriculture.


Catching Up with the Campus Farm

An article written by ANSC alum Caroline Speiker was featured in the September issue of The Equiery.

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