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Welcome to the Department of Animal Science

The underlying theme of the animal science curriculum at UConn is to provide our 400+ animal science majors with the flexibility to pursue areas of specific interest. Obviously, there are certain courses within the major that are required to qualify for your degree (e.g. nutrition, genetics, reproduction, etc.) but you may choose any one of six options (animal production, business management and marketing, pre-vet/pre-grad, equine science, food science and animal biotechnology), but remember that these are only guidelines and the final arrangement of courses is yours to decide. The animal science industry needs highly motivated, technically qualified graduates who will take advantage of the opportunities offered in the entire range of animal-related careers.


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UConn Animal Science took home the first 'Big Scoop' trophy for best ice cream at the 2014 American Society of Animal Science annual meeting opening barbecue. The engraved, rotating trophy should arrive before school starts. UConn, South Dakota State, Washington State, and Kansas City State were among the creameries that sent ice cream.


The Department of Animal Science will hold a riding show on August 9. This event is open to the public. For more information follow the links below

- Announcement

- Registration

- Consent Form


The Department of Animal Science Morgan Breeding Program offers students many opportunities... (learn more)


The Department of Animal Science offers undergraduates many opportunities to conduct research outside of the classroom in a variety of areas. Learn what students are currently researching... (read more)


Each semester the Department of Animal Science publishes an electronic student newsletter in order to share the latest

department news and events; scholarship, job, and internship opportunities; students accomplishments; and reminders of important deadlines to keep our students informed... (read more)


Dr. Dennis D'Amico, ANSC Assistant Professor, recently held a workshop offering training in efficient and safe artisan cheese-making. He focused on the efficacy of the cheese-making process and ways to eliminate potential contaminants...

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June 2014

Meera Nair, an Animal Science Ph.D student, won first place in the John Z. Ordal Food Microbiology Division Oral Presentation competition at the 2014 Institute of Food Technologists annual conference held in New Orleans this June. With over 16,000 people attending, this is a highly competitive program. Six finalists were selected to present their research out of the large pool of over 70 competitors who had submitted applications. Dr. Venkitanarayanan’s students have been winners in this competition for the past few years and Meera continues this trend.

Dr. Dennis D'Amico, ANSC Assistant Professor, recently held a workshop offering training in efficient and safe artisan cheese-making. He focused on the efficacy of the cheese-making process and ways to eliminate potential contaminants. The full article covering his workshop can be read here.

MAY 2014

Indu Upadhyaya, an Animal Science Ph.D. candidate, was just awarded the prestigious 2014 Maurice Stein Fellowship Award.  She will accept this award after giving a brief thank you speech and presentation regarding her current research at the Poultry Science Association’s Annual Meeting in Corpus Christ, Texas from July 14-17, 2014. This award is given to a senior graduate student whose training and research in applied poultry sciences may lead to improvements in efficiency and profitability of the poultry industry; particularly research that has the potential to have a positive financial impact on the egg industry.  This is a national award given to one person each year and is highly selective – there are 30 to 40 applicants annually.


APRIL 2014

Congratulations Dr. Jenifer Nadeau (ANSC Associate Professor & Equine Extension Specialist) on being elected President of the American Youth Horse Council!


MARCH 2014

Please congratulate this year’s ANSC Faculty & Staff CANR Award Winners:

  • Dr. Kristen Govoni, Assistant Professor - CANR Donald M. Kinsman Award for Excellence in Teaching in CANR/RHSA
  • Dr. Thomas Hoagland, Professor - UNCANRAA Excellence in Teaching Award
  • Mr. Bill S., Creamery Manager - UCANRAA Outstanding Staff Award

In addition, join us in congratulating faculty and staff members that have reached significant employment milestones:

  • Mr. David Schreiber, Technical Associate - 35 years of service
  • Ms. Lisa Nowak, Agricultural Worker II - 25 years of service
  • Ms. Jennifer Simoniello, Administrative Coordinator - 25 years of service
  • Mr. Paul Bleimeyer, Agricultural Worker II - 15 years of service
  • Dr. Kristen Govoni, Assistant Professor - 10 years of service




* Select polo photos pictured above in photo roll have been provided by alumni Amy Wisehart.

Last updated: 08/05/2014 3:26:01

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