Contacts in career resources should be contacted with respect to summer and part-time employment. However, the general policy is to centralize these opportunities at MSU’s Career Services Network. Visit the Career Services Network website to create an account and see job and internship opportunities that are available or visit the Career Services office.
Visit the MSU Student Employment site for Information on work study, working on campus, etc.
Department of Animal Science
ANS students can supplement their educational programs with part-time departmental employment. Students work in offices, research labs, and farms on campus. These types of employment provide valuable training and technical skills that enhance student learning while providing financial support.
Working in ANS research labs is interesting and challenging, and each lab offers a unique experience. Some of the areas in which animal science research is being conducted are dairy, beef, swine, poultry or horse nutrition and behavior, genetics, bioinformatics, and reproductive physiology; endocrinology, toxicology, animal behavior, meats, and molecular biology.
The departmental Teaching and Research Centers, located on the south side of campus, present a unique learning situation for ANS students. Student-workers are involved in the daily care and maintenance of MSU livestock. This type of hands-on learning has proven an invaluable experience for students.
There are two ANS beef facilities that employ students:
The Beef Cattle Teaching and Research Center conducts basic and applied beef cattle (ruminant) research and teaching that benefits beef cattle producers and ultimately the consumers of Michigan. The original facility was built in 1964 from legislative appropriations and donations from the Michigan agricultural industry. Students gain experience in the feed and care of the beef market animal and firsthand knowledge of large scale animal research.
The Beef Cow-Calf Teaching & Research Center operates on 340 acres of land with the main barn located on the corner of Bennett and Beaumont Roads. Labor to run the Center is provided by a manager and student employees. The Center maintains a separate web site, Spartan Beef, with information about current events, cattle sales, and herd pedigrees.
The dairy industry is the leading animal industry in Michigan and offers tremendous employment opportunities for the Animal Science graduate. The Dairy Cattle Teaching and Research Center plays an important role in training dairy students both in the classroom and by employing students on the farm. This facility houses and milks Holsteins. Students become involved in all facets of dairy cattle management as well as research trials.
The Horse Teaching and Research Center functions primarily to provide hands-on classroom experience for students interested in horses. This facility houses Arabian horses, stands stallions for breeding, and utilizes horses for developing student training, handling, and mare management skills. Student employees are responsible for care of horses and facilities and become directly involved in foaling, breeding, and management. Young horses are trained and shown by student employees during the spring and summer. The horse center provides students the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge in the farm setting.
Poultry and Mink
The Poultry Teaching and Research Center, which houses a 9,000 bird laying house and mink ranch and numerous poultry research projects on one facility, afford students a unique animal experience. The mechanization and integration of the poultry industry demands well trained and knowledgeable personnel. The poultry unit provides an introduction to this industry as well as giving students the opportunity to learn new skills in nutrition and management by working with poultry and small carnivores. Animal research to investigate the effects of toxic chemicals in the environment is currently being explored at this facility. These are exciting fields in animal science.
The Sheep Teaching and Research Center houses outstanding flocks of Suffolk, Dorset, and commercial sheep. Student employees work in all aspects of sheep management. Feeding, shearing, fitting and showing, foot care, lambing, breeding, castrating, and docking are all part of the learning opportunities at the sheep unit.
The Swine Teaching and Research Center farrows and finishes market hogs. Many of these animals are part of teaching exercises and ongoing research studies. The swine farm gives students a wide range of experiences and offers a wealth of information and learning about nutrition, genetics, and modern swine farm management.
The MSU Meat Laboratory in Anthony Hall, completed in fall 1998, is one of the most modern meat processing facilities on a U.S. college campus. It is designed for processing cattle, poultry, sheep, and swine into meat and processed meat products. It contains facilities for slaughtering, chilling, cutting and further processing. The sausage kitchen is equipped with all major processing equipment scaled down for laboratory-sized meat formulations plus refrigerated curing rooms and a smokehouse.
The meat industry offers a multitude of opportunities for the interested Animal Science graduate. Employment in the Meats Laboratory allows students to gain valuable knowledge that cannot be obtained elsewhere. Students interested in careers in meat science find this experience to be irreplaceable.
Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education
The Pavilion has a large arena, auditorium, exhibition area and four classrooms. Many animal laboratories are held at “The Pavilion”. Students working there assist with the set-up and delivery of many of these laboratories. The Michigan animal industry also makes use of this facility for livestock shows, sales, and displays. Working at the Pavilion provides a chance to become acquainted with many different faculty members and industry persons and gain knowledge about a variety of animals.
Animal Air Quality Research Facility
The impact of animals on the environment is a vital area of study and gaining importance around the world. The Animal Air Quality Research Facility (AAQRF) was constructed specifically for the purpose of studying air quality issues related to animal production, including the impact of animal diets on gaseous emissions. The laboratory consists of 12 animal rooms, each with interchangeable penning and watering systems. Penning, feed and water handling systems, and manure handling apparatus for each species is removable from the chambers in order to accommodate the needs of different species. Each room can accommodate one horse, one lactating cow, two growing heifers, six finishing pigs, 20 turkeys, 60 broiler chickens, or 80 laying hens. Students at AAQRF have the opportunity to improve animal husbandry skills and gain intensive research experience.