ANSC Department Head Dr. Xiuchun Tian presenting a student with their degree during commencement

Mission Statement

The goal of the Animal Science Department is to provide the citizens of the State of Connecticut with a first-class comprehensive program to meet the tripartite missions of teaching, research, and service to animal agriculture. This goal is closely aligned with both the University of Connecticut’s Academic Plan and College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources’ Strategic Plan.

Specific Mission Goals:

    • To educate students for sustainable careers in one of the many disciplines of animal science. These careers include traditional animal production, equine science, animal health industries, animal food processing, food safety, animal biotechnology, and companion animal industries. Students are also prepared for entrance to professional schools such as veterinary and graduate programs.
    • Support the agricultural, animal health, and animal food industries at all levels (local, state, New England, national, and international) with state-of-the-art basic research and service to maintain an economically viable and sustainable agricultural sector through a cadre of highly trained graduates.
    • To continue our long-term support of the agricultural community through continuing education programs, outreach such as 4-H, and support of community and school based programs, such as FFA.