Welcome to the Department of Animal Science

The Department of Animal Science offers undergraduate and graduate programs on the biology and management of food, laboratory and companion animal species. Our research programs advance our understanding of animal biology and address local and global issues facing animal industries today. Our goals are to discover and develop new techniques and information to benefit animals, agriculture and human health. Our internationally recognized faculty have diverse interests in animal management, breeding, genetics, physiology, nutrition, growth biology and microbiology.

Major in animal science

Animal science majors learn from internationally recognized professors in all aspects of domestic animal biology: breeding, genetics, nutrition, physiology, growth, behavior and management.

Animal science major

Learn more about what an animal science major can do for you.

International opportunities

Check out the international opportunities available with the animal science major.

Graduate studies

Approximately 40 graduate students from a variety of disciplines belong to the Department of Animal Science, most of them in the field of animal science.

Upcoming Animal Science Events

cows in a dairy barn with a man standing in the distance

Webinar

2021 Virtual Feed Dealers Seminars
The Feed Dealer Seminars are specifically targeted for nutritionists, veterinarians, crop and management consultants, extension educators, and dairy producers with specific interest in nutrition-oriented topics. Presentations blend the latest...
  • PRO-DAIRY
  • Animal Science
  • Dairy
cows in a dairy barn with a man standing in the distance

Webinar

The Feed Dealer Seminars are specifically targeted for nutritionists, veterinarians, crop and management consultants, extension educators, and dairy producers with specific interest in nutrition-oriented topics. Presentations blend the latest...
  • PRO-DAIRY
  • Animal Science
  • Dairy
A truck dumps Cornell dining hall food waste at the university’s composting facility

Webinar

Possibilities for Anaerobic Digestion of Dairy Manure and Food Waste Hosted by Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY, Cornell Cooperative Extension, NYS DEC, NYS Pollution Prevention Institute (P2I), and Ag-Grid Energy, LLC, this virtual seminar will focus on...
  • PRO-DAIRY
  • Animal Science
  • Dairy
Dale Bauman in the field with cows and feed bags.

Lecture

“Nutrition and immunity against infectious diseases— through the lens of vitamin A” A. Catharine Ross, Ph.D. Professor of Nutrition and Physiology Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair Head, Department of Nutritional Sciences The Pennsylvania State...
  • Dairy
  • Animal Science
  • Agriculture & Food Systems
Graduate students in the field of animal science eating dinner.

Seminar

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348 Frank Morrison Hall 507 Tower Road Ithaca, NY 14853 Schedule: 9/23: Andres Ortega "Examining the Role of Non-Essential AA for Milk Yield and Energetic Efficiency: Abomasal Infusion of Essential and Non-Essential Amino Acids using Energy as...
  • Animals
  • science communication
  • Animal Science

News

Holstein feed management

News

Online dairy programs advance accessibility and international engagement
PRO-DAIRY recently expanded its offerings, launching a series of online courses for students across the country and around the world. Rob Lynch, DVM, dairy herd health and management specialist, and Kathy Barrett, senior extension associate in the Department of Animal Science, direct this well-received program and speak to its success.
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • PRO-DAIRY
  • Animal Science
Eugene Won's Aquaculture lab

Field Note

Eugene Won is a senior research associate in the Department of Animal Science who studies fish physiology and develops sustainable aquaculture feeds.
  • Animal Science
  • Food
  • Fish
Agustin Olivo presenting at the annual meeting

Spotlight

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  • Soil and Crop Sciences Section

Animal Science Kudos & Awards

Graduate Students take 1st and 3rd Place in ARPAS Research Contest

The Northeast Chapter of #ARPAS held a Graduate Student Research Contest in conjunction with the 2020 PennState Virtual Dairy Cattle Nutrition Workshop in November. To find out more and view the presentations.

 

Students at ASA - SSSA- CSSA Annual Meeting Receive Awards

Jason Cho, MS student in Animal Science and Ben Lehman received awards for their presentations at the annual meeting held November 9 - 13th 2020.

Students Awarded During 82nd Annual Cornell Nutrition Conference

Three Animal Science graduate students received awards during the 2020 Cornell Nutrition Conference. Held virtually this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Cornell Nutrition Conference provides industry leading research and information across the spectrum of animal nutrition to feed industry professionals and nutritional consultants.

2020 Cargill Global Scholar

Brianna Green - Animal Science Class of 2023

Global Scholars are those who demonstrate exemplary academic achievement and leadership potential and study in a field relevant to Cargill’s world of food, agriculture and risk management. Including Green, nine Cornell University students in total have been selected as Cargill Global Scholars finalists since the program’s inception. 

Ewa Bachminska

Graduate student Ewa Bachminska received a grant from Cornell Institute for European Studies to research conservation education in Poland in the summer 2019. It will help her include more wildlife conservation in the classes that she teaches at Cornell.

 

Contact us for more information

Thank you for your interest in Animal Science at Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. 
Reach out through the information below, or find a more direct point of contact for your inquiries.

149 Morrison Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-4801
Phone: (607) 255-2862
Fax: (607) 255-9829
E-mail: anscinfo [at] cornell.edu