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. More>>

Upcoming Events

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



NDPRB Scholarship

ANSC undergraduate, Sal Millington, has received a $1,500 National Dairy Promotion and Research Board Scholarship for 2015-16.

All-S.T.A.R. Fellowship

Megan Brown, grad student in Dr. Carol Keefer’s lab, awarded the Graduate School All-S.T.A.R. Fellowship with $10,000 stipend.

AGNR Scholarship

Serajus Salaheen, Ph.D. student in Dr. Biswas's lab has been awarded the Dr. Richard F. Davis Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $2,000 from AGNR.

Award Winning Student

Halli Sigal Weiner, Ph.D. student in Dr. Keefer’s lab, was awarded an ASGSA Graduate Student Grant, Honorable Mention Graduate Award, and H. Palmer Hopkins Scholarship.



The Diamondback Highlights Dr. Kohn’s Research

Dr. Richard Kohn and a team of UMD researchers have found a new method to produce fuel from bacteria.

Leadership Roles

Dr. Amy Burk was elected to the Equine Science Society Board and appointed by Maryland Governor to serve on the Maryland Horse Industry Board.

Gene Drive Study Panel

Dr. Taneyhill has been selected to serve on a committee convened by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to study the emerging field of gene drive research.


NIH R01 Grant Renewed

Dr. Iqbal Hamza was awarded a renewal of his NIH R01 grant titled "The Transport of Nutritional Heme in Animal Development" for $2,382,501 over 5 years.

2015 Annual Symposium

Dr. Wessling-Resnick opened the 29th Annual Symposium with the keynote talk entitled “The Belgrade Rat.”

MAES Grant

Drs. Andrew Schiffmacher, Lisa Taneyhill, and Carol Keefer have received a $30,000 Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) grant.

NIFA Grant

Drs. Carol Keefer and Brian Bequette were awarded a $452,000 grant by NIFA for a project entitled “Fluxomic Evaluation of Bovine Embryo Nutrient Utilization and Viability”.


Dr. Iqbal Hamza received a NIH/NIAID funded Phase I STTR grant for $702,315 for two years. Dr. Hamza is the PI of the STTR grant and was submitted through his start-up company Rakta Therapeutics, Inc and in collaboration with UM Baltimore.


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.

2015 Maryland 4-H Dairy Bowl

A total of 52 youths from 7 counties participated in the Junior, Intermediate and Senior Divisions.

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