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.

Webinar

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

Cows in a barn on a Catskill farm

News

Nutrition solution can help heat-stressed cows as US warms

Rising temperatures pose major challenges to the dairy industry – a Holstein’s milk production can decline 30 to 70% in warm weather – but a new Cornell-led study has found a nutrition-based solution to restore milk production during heat-stress...

  • Animal Science
  • Animals
  • Climate Change
Blake holds hand out to cow

Field Note

Blake Nguyen is a lecturer in the Cornell CALS Department of Animal Science and the director of Teaching Dairy Barn at the College of Veterinary Medicine. We sat down with Nguyen to learn more about his experiences in the role.
  • Animal Science
  • Agriculture
  • Animals
people in a field

Report

News

This update by Kirsten Workman, PRO-DAIRY Nutrient Management and Environmental Sustainability Specialist, and Quirine Ketterings, Cornell Nutrient Management Spear Program,was released in the July issue of PRO-DAIRY's e-Leader newsletter...
  • 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