We create, advance and extend knowledge that benefits humans, animals, food production agriculture, sustainable systems management, the environment, and our stakeholders.

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The Department of Animal Science at Michigan State University offers education and research for the safe, nutritious and economical production of animal food and fiber, and of animals for recreational purposes, without compromising the environment or jeopardizing the health and well being of farm animals and farm communities. The department provides educational leadership through high-quality courses, research and extension/outreach programs to enhance human capital and ensure that Michigan producers and communities benefit from these.

We have a strong tradition of training outstanding students in animal science and related fields, and welcome prospective students who are interested in our programs and want to contribute to our mission. Graduates of our department have advanced to rewarding careers in universities, government agencies, the livestock industry, veterinary medicine and biomedicine.

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  • Khalilah Smith inspires broader understanding one rodeo at a time

    Published on March 12, 2018

    Khalilah Smith is an animal science/preveterinary major in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. She has been active in the MSU Rodeo Club since her freshman year and was named the first African-American MSU Rodeo Queen in 2018.

  • Livestock judging team

    MSU Livestock Judging Team Wins at SLE

    Published on March 9, 2018

    The MSU Livestock Judging Team "Green Team" won the contest and every division at the Southeastern Livestock Exposition Montgomery, Alabama.

  • Farriers

    MSU Farrier School Coming Fall 2018

    Published on March 8, 2018

    Students in the program will receive both hands-on and classroom-based instruction in hoof and farrier science, equine anatomy and physiology, basic welding, and business.

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In the News

Animal ag gets research funding boost

Published on March 6, 2018

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  • Mar 19

    Seminar: Jonas de Souza

    March 19, 2018 1:00PM - 2:00PM 1240 Anthony Hall

    Changing the dietary ratio of fatty acids under different physiological conditions alters energy partitioning of dairy cows

  • Mar 23

    Seminar: Ashley Melnick

    March 23, 2018 2:30PM - 3:30PM 1310 Anthony Hall

    RNF216 is essential for spermatogenesis and male fertility

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