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

May 28, 2015
29th Annual Symposium



Award Winning Student

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

First Place Poster

Tyler Frankel, grad student in Dr. Orlando’s lab, was awarded 1st place for his poster presentation at the meeting of the Chesapeake Potomac Regional Chapter of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

USDA’s Agricultural Outlook Forum

ANSC PhD student, Latisha Judd, selected to attend the USDA’s 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum.


Cosmos Scholars Grant

Tyler Frankel, graduate student in Dr. Edward Orlando’s lab, has been awarded a Cosmos Scholars Grant for 2015 in the amount of $1,690.

Peter W. Farin Memorial Student Travel Scholarship Award

Tricia Rowlison awarded Travel Scholarship Award by the International Embryo Transfer Society in the amount of $1,000.



AAAS Fellows

Emeritus professors Dr. Mary Ann Ottinger and Dr. Ian Mather named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr. Rachel Dennis Joins ANSC

Dr. Rachel Dennis received her master’s degree from ANSC and has fond memories of visiting her grandparents who raised broiler chickens on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. 


American Cancer Society Grant

Dr. Lisa Taneyhill was awarded a $792,000 grant from the American Cancer Society to study how epithelial-to-mesenchymal transitions are regulated in neural crest cells.

 1.9 Million in NIDCR/NIH Grant Funding

Dr. Lisa Taneyhill has been awarded $1.9 million from NIDCR/NIH for her grant proposal entitled, “Neural crest and placode cell interactions during cranial gangliogenesis.”

NIFA-USDA Grant for Reproductive Research

Dr. Curry Woods was awarded $20,000 by NIFA-USDA for his research: “Teleost spermatozoal transriptomes: requisite foundation for functional genomics, sperm quality and male fertility.”

$1.6 Million Grant Funding from NIH-NIFA

Dr. Bhanu Telugu receives $1.6 million grant from NIH-NIFA for his research: "Generation of Zoonotic Influenza Resistant Recombinant Pigs via Site-directed Technology."


MD 4-H Overall Team Champions

The MD team at the 2014 National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference was the top team in the Market Poultry division and the Market Egg division.

MD 4-H Dairy Judging Team Goes Abroad

Four team members of the Maryland 4-H Dairy Judging team had the opportunity to travel to UK and Ireland for the international dairy judging experience.

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