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Our Facilities and Our Mission

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The Department of Food and Animal Sciences is located in the Carver Complex with over 20,000 square feet of laboratory and office space. Our Animal Sciences faculty conducts research in the Carver Complex, and in two on-campus areas away from the headquarter buildings. The Poultry and Rabbit facilities are located on high ground overlooking the campus, and animals are used for research, teaching, production and processing. The Winfred Thomas Agricultural Research Station, located 8 miles north of campus, houses the ruminant animal research facilities and the Small Ruminant Outreach Center. In addition, the recently constructed Agribition Center provides facilities to accommodate activities such as livestock shows, horse shows, rodeos, dog agility competitions, class reunions, and faculty meetings.


Students without an agricultural background are welcomed into our department as we recognize the need for shared and varied experiences. In fact, due to our low student to faculty ratio, students get to know their teachers, easily connect with friends, have fun, grow professionally, and feel comfortable in their coursework. At the same time, students may join clubs such as the Block and Bridle Club, the Dairy Challenge Team, Fraternities and Sororities, and the American Society of Animal Science.


Given our resources, including excellent classrooms, research laboratories, and substantial livestock numbers, our mission is to provide students with an education that encourages creative thinking and develops knowledge and skills in the field of animal science. Our faculty works closely with students as they learn to apply scientific principles to the production of beef, dairy, swine, goat, sheep, poultry and companion animals such as dogs and cats. An academic advisor is always available to help students select classes and design an educational program to fit each individual’s career goals.