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

Dairy cows in Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Dairy Barn.

Webinar

Implementing Practical Genetics for the Commercial Dairy
This webinar series will be presented entirely by Dr. Heather Huson, Associate Professor, Department of Animal Science,Cornell University. Based on Dr. Huson’s Applied Genetics course, this webinar offers participants an understanding of how to...
  • PRO-DAIRY
  • CCE
  • Dairy
Group standing in front of an anaerobic digester at a Western NY dairy farm

Webinar

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What You Need to Know This two-dairy virtual conference has gathered dairy industry experts to shed light on what “getting to net zero” means for dairy producers. Join us if you are: curious about what getting to “Net Zero” means for dairy...
  • 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
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

News

Bekah and cow

Field Note

Bekah Martz '25: 4-H and Dairy Youth Extension en route to Cornell
Cornell Animal Science Dairy Youth Extension and New York State 4-H provide youth programs for those interested in livestock, pet species, animal biology and production systems. These programs are catalysts for personal growth and development, encouraging leadership, cooperation, and marketable skills for the future. Bekah Martz '25 has been part of 4-H since she was 12 years old and participated in dairy youth extension throughout high school. We sat down with Martz to learn how these experiences led her to study at Cornell CALS Department of Animal Science.
  • PRO-DAIRY
  • Animal Science
A student working in the teaching dairy barn

News

Two National Science Foundation grants totaling more than $1.2 million will fund projects to test a novel strategy to make milk production more efficient and sustainable and outreach to communicate animal science to the public.
  • Animal Science
  • Agriculture
  • Animals
sheep in barn

Field Note

Shadirah Shepherd graduated from Cornell in 2018 with a major in Animal Science. She is now entering her third year studying for a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Melbourne. Shepherd reflects back on her time in Cornell’s Animal Science Program and the impact it has had on her career.
  • Animal Science
  • Animals

Animal Science Kudos & Awards

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