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

30th Annual Symposium
June 3, 9:00AM, Lecture Hall 0408
Keynote speaker- Dr. Rob Etches: “High tech and low tech-which trumps which?"



Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship

Ankita Shah has been awarded an Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship for 2016-17, which includes a stipend of $10,000.

Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award

Serajus Salaheen has received an Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award from the Graduate School for his achievements during his graduate studies.


The Graduate School has awarded Tyler Frankel one of sixteen Graduate School All-S.T.A.R. Fellowships for the academic year 2016-17.

Cosmos Scholars Grant

Serajus Salaheen, Ph.D. student in Dr. Biswas’ lab was awarded a Cosmos Scholars Grant of $3,000 for his research.



American Cancer Society Features Dr. Taneyhill

American Cancer Society interviews Dr. Lisa Taneyhill about her melanoma research, which could one day improve outcomes for advanced melanoma.

DFG Postdoctoral Fellowship

Dr. Nicole Rietzschel, postdoctoral scholar in the Hamza laboratory, has been awarded the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft postdoctoral fellowship for 2 years of funding.

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.


Tier 1 Seed Grant

Dr. Debabrata Biswas has been awarded a $50,000 Tier 1 Seed Grant from the Division of Research to study genetic engineering of the probiotic organism Lactobacillis casei. .

NIFA Grant Awarded

Dr. Zhengguo Xiao was awarded a NIFA (USDA) grant entitled “Mucosal Immune Response to Ostertagia ostertagi in Cattle” for $499,999 over 3 years.

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.


Equine Studies Annual Report 

Equine Studies has released their 2015 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.

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