Here in Cornell CALS Department of Animal Science (AnSci), we’re advancing understanding of animal biology and addressing the animal industries' most pressing problems. Scientific change is advanced when the public is informed, so we’ve asked faculty and staff across the department to share their most pressing messages.
1. AnSci cares about farmers in New York state and beyond.
Faculty, staff, and students in the Animal Science Department at Cornell University not only conduct research but also contribute to the development of practical tools that help farmers all over the world make better management decisions.
2. Dairy farming is rapidly improving in sustainability.
Land and water use, and methane production per billion pounds of milk produced have decreased 50% to 90% since the 1940s because of advancements in cow genetics, nutrition, and management.
3. We work towards environmental and economic benefits for farmers.
Research and extension efforts around optimizing the quality of homegrown forages for cattle have provided the opportunity for farmers to reduce the need to purchase feed ingredients from other places, benefiting the farm both environmentally and economically.
4. Students and staff are a part of an innovative education.
We highly encourage experiential learning, and around 70% of our students participate in some capacity of research while enrolled. Whether in a formal lab, field, or internationally, students learn practical research skills and critical thinking that can be applied to the future.
5. AnSci has no limits for what it can achieve.
Animal Science is a large umbrella of disciplines with a collective goal of generating science-based solutions to raise livestock humanely, safely, and sustainably to feed the world.
6. We help develop the future of AnSci.
Outreach and 4-H youth programs that focus in the Animal Science field build a foundation in youth development. It is an opportunity to learn about the science, biology, and management of animals with concepts that are applicable across all animals that provide food, fiber, labor, and companionship. Youth not only build their animal science knowledge, but learn important life skills in responsibility, decision making, character, and dedication in a connected environment.
7. Outreach leaves a lasting impact.
4-H alumni often find their way to the Animal Science Department as the undergraduate program offers so many opportunities to gain more experience and skills that meet student career goals. Once immersed in the collegiate environment, students thrive as department lab assistants, work-study students, community volunteers, and leaders of undergraduate clubs and organizations.
8. We’re advancing a wide breath of animal-based industries.
America imports 80 to 90% of the seafood it consumes. Half of all seafood is farmed. Done right, aquaculture is the most sustainable form of animal production.
Horses are an important part of New York State agriculture; the state has over 154,000 horses, 1.3 million acres of agricultural land used for horse-related purposes, and the equine industry has a total employment impact of over 42,000 jobs in the state.
9. Visibility is the key to progress.
We’re working hard to share the stories that matter. Effective science communication can make a lasting impact and the implementation of innovation begins when we have an informed and engaged public.
10. Representation matters.
More than half of our professors are female, in a field that has been traditionally male dominant. Additionally, our undergraduate program is predominantly female so our faculty is beginning to reflect that statistic. We far exceed Cornell campus averages and also Animal Science programs at peer institutions in terms of female representation among our faculty.
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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.
Our research areas
Faculty members in animal science conduct research in basic and applied aspects of animal biology.
Serving the public good
Our extension and outreach program benefits New York’s animal industries through public education on the biology and management of domestic animals.
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