• Student volunteers getting their hands dirty

    Hands-On Learning

Welcome to Animal Science


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Message from the Department Head

Animal Science was one of the first disciplines taught at the University of Connecticut, established as the historical Storrs Agricultural School in 1881. Today the Department of Animal Science is the home of more than 400 undergraduate students (both 2-year and 4-year programs) as well as dozens of graduate students pursuing advanced degrees. The Department offers ample hands-on learning and student employment opportunities with a total of 1,000+ dairy and beef cattle, sheep, chickens, pigs, and horses all within minutes of walking distance on campus.

The Department's faculty are accomplished educators and scientists for winning university, regional and national teaching and research awards, for publishing in international scientific journals and for serving as leaders in professional societies. Together, they cover the diverse areas of animal genetics/genomics, breeding, biotechnology (genetic engineering and stem cells), animal reproduction, embryology, growth biology and endocrinology, food microbiology and safety, dairy technology and safety, equine science, dairy production and management, meat chemistry, laboratory animal science as well as diversified livestock.


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Career Opportunity:

Head, Department of Animal Science

The College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources at the University of Connecticut (UConn) in Storrs invites applications
for the position of Department Head of Animal Science with an appointment as Associate or Full Professor.
We are seeking an inspirational, dynamic, and visionary individual to provide sound leadership for a highly
ranked and productive department in alignment with the strategic plans for the College and University.

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Fall Practicum

Community Polo Lessons

Enroll now for fall Polo lessons!
Registration is open to Intermediate and Advanced Level riders proficient in maintaining horse control
at the walk, trot, and canter, and comfortable with various horse levels.

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News & Events

Animal Science Winter Newsletter
The Department of Animal Science Fall Newsletter is here! View all of our previous newsletters.

Upcoming Academic & Scholarly Events

Fall 2023 Seminar Series (View Full Schedule)

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Upcoming Events

  1. Sep 26 Fall Horseback Riding Community Polo Registration All Day
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  3. Sep 28 Fall Horseback Riding Community Polo Registration All Day
  4. Sep 29 Fall Horseback Riding Community Polo Registration All Day

I think the animal science program is phenomenal, and the material they cover is really thorough. It really is something you can’t get at a lot of other institutions.

Two ANSC students examining sheep

Experiential Learning

Our students gain invaluable hands-on experience with a wide variety of species from their very first semester. All of our animal units are within walking distance on campus and students have the opportunity to work closely with them in class, through research and a variety of student employment opportunities.

During their time in our program, students will have the opportunity to work on cutting-edge research projects and hone their skills both in and out of the lab.

ANSC Grad student Nicole Tillquist working with lab instruments
Meaghan Shannon, Wildlife Internship with the Mercer County Wildlife Center (Titusville, NJ, Summer)

Extension & Outreach

Extension programs empower communities by building a network of awareness and knowledge