Undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows of the Department of Animal Science have unique opportunities to train and conduct their research under a cadre of excellent faculty with diverse backgrounds and resources. Animal Science faculty have broad expertise in applied and basic research, undergraduate and graduate teaching, and extension/outreach. Numerous faculty have joint appointments in the Departments of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Physiology, Fisheries and Wildlife and the College of Veterinary Medicine. A wide variety of farm, companion and other animals are used for research. Modern large animal handling facilities are located near campus, and all laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment. Funding for research is primarily from state, industry and federal sources. Strong collaborations exist with many progressive producers in Michigan, numerous faculty on campus and an extensive network of national and international scientists. Research performed in the Department focuses in key areas of animal agriculture that are of priority to producers, sustainable agriculture and basic biology, some of which interface with areas of biomedical and environmental relevance. The faculty publish results in a wide variety of journals.