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

Holstein feed management

Conference

2022 Advanced Dairy Nutrition and Management Shortcourse
Presented as a partnership between Cornell University Animal Science and Miner Institute, the Advanced Dairy Nutrition and Management Shortcourse is conducted in even calendar years at Cornell University. This shortcourse is designed primarily...
  • Animal Science
  • Dairy
4 youth learning about animal feed

Workshop

Animal Crackers 2022 “All Creatures Great and Small” to take place in-person on the Cornell Campus on Saturday, May 7, 2022. This year’s program will highlight the following species: equine, bovine, goat, and dog. The annual Animal Crackers...
  • New York State 4-H
  • Animal Science
  • Youth and Families
Student pets goat at Art of Agriculture

Exhibit

Join Sigma Alpha, professional agricultural sorority, on the Arts Quad to learn more about agriculture! Experience student groups, research labs, and agricultural outreach organizations representing a wide array of opportunities and careers in...
  • Animal Science
  • Dairy
  • Animals
holey cow

Workshop

We are excited to offer a hands-on in-person Dairy Discovery this year! Please note that this year’s program will be one day, March 26th, at Cornell University in Morrison Hall. We will be taking a whole-farm approach to the workshops in 2022...
  • New York State 4-H
  • Animal Science
  • PRO-DAIRY
Dairy cows in Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Dairy Barn.

Workshop

Registration This program is available at no cost to participants thanks to the generous support of our industry sponsors. Pre-registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing instructions and links...
  • PRO-DAIRY
  • CCE
  • Dairy

News

child leads goat

Field Note

Animal Crackers: Youth explore careers in animal science
Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) and the New York State 4-H Youth Development program recently held Animal Crackers, a full-day interactive event for students aged eight and up with interest in animal science. This year’s event happened on May 7th and marked the first year of returning to entirely in-person programming. Dana Palmer, Senior Extension Associate of Cornell’s 4-H Youth Extension, reflects on this year’s successes.
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Animal Science
  • Animals
View of Shoals Marine Laboratory from the water at dusk.

Field Note

Shoals Marine Laboratory (SML) is a remote field station located on Appledore Island, Gulf of Maine, jointly operated by Cornell University and the University of New Hampshire. As a leader in marine science undergraduate education, SML offers...
  • Shoals Marine Laboratory
  • Animal Science
tractor driving across farm field

Report

News

This fact sheet was written by Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY staff Kirsten Workman and Joe Lawrence and published in PRO-DAIRY e-Leader, a monthly e-Leader newsletter distributed to an email list of nearly 7,000 dairy producers, agriservice and...
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • PRO-DAIRY
  • Animal Science

Animal Science Kudos & Awards

Subhashree Navaneetha Srinivasagan
Giulianna Kukor

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