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

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The annual Field Crop Dealer Meeting will again be held virtually this year providing the opportunity for more people to attend. It is again being held in conjunction with the annual CCA Conference. The program will consist of a cross-section of...
  • Field Crops
  • Research
cows at bunk in a dairy barn


For 83 years, the Cornell Nutrition Conference has provided industry leading research and information across the spectrum of animal nutrition to feed industry professionals and nutritional consultants. The year's event will be a hybrid format...
  • Animal Science
  • Dairy
A female with a baseball cap walks into a cow barn


Have you… been working with the farm transition cow program but want to know more about the how, what and why? wanted to improve the transition cow performance of your herd but need to know where to start? wanted to increase the skills you bring...
  • Animal Science
  • Dairy
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We are cautiously optimistic that we will be able to send our NYS 4-H Dairy Challenge Team to Harrisburg for the Junior Dairy Management Contest this Fall. There is a $1,000 scholarship available to the highest scoring youth at this contest and...
  • Animal Science
  • New York State 4-H
  • Youth and Families


Holstein feed management


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
  • 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


  • Animal Science
  • 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