University of Maryland

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

Sept. 13, 2014
Advanced Horse Pasture Management Seminar
Central Maryland Research and Education Center.



ANSC Student Featured in GSD Newsletter

Marie Iwaniuk, graduate student in Dr. Rich Erdman's lab, was honored in the American Dairy Science Association's Graduate Student Division newsletter in a Student Spotlight. 

Congratulations to ANSC Graduates!

ANSC says congratulations to our 44 undergrads and 4 grad students who completed their degrees.

Undergraduate Researchers of the Year

Kyeong (Gina) Han, a senior undergraduate, was selected as "Maryland's Undergraduate Researchers of the Year."

All-S.T.A.R. Fellowship

Dr. Jose Carrillo, graduate student in Dr. John Song's lab, was awarded a $10,000 Graduate All-S.T.A.R. Fellowship.



Certificates of Merit

Dr. Lisa Taneyhill and Dr. Sarah Balcom received Certificates of Merit from Gamma Sigma Delta. 


Teaching Award

Dr. Sarah Balcom received recognized for Excellence in Instruction 2014 Outstanding Faculty Educator Awards.



Dr. Ed Orlando’s was awarded $238,000 by USGS-NIWR for his grant proposal "Environmental Concentrations and Exposure Effects of Environmental Gestagens on a Sentinel Teleost Fish.”

Integrative Research & Extension Grant

Dr. Kasey Moyes was awarded a MAES/UME Integrative Research and Extension Grant in the amount of $30,500 for her grant proposal.

MAES/UME Research Funding

Dr. Debabrata Biswas received $40,000 from MAES/UME for his proposal: "Ecological prevalence of major foodborne bacterial pathogens in Mixed Crop-Livestock in Maryland and control with feed supplement."


Maryland Dairy Judging Heads Overseas

After a wildly successful fundraiser, the Maryland 4-H Dairy Judging Team raised over $12,000 to support their traveling expenses. Their next stop is Edinburgh, Scotland for the Royal Highland Show.

Block and Bridle place Second at NESA

Students from the UMD's Block and Bridle Club placed 2nd of 46 collegiate teams at NESA, a regional livestock competition.

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