University of Vermont

2013-2014 Catalogue

Animal Science Department

Contact Information

University of Vermont
Animal Science Department
102 Terrill Hall
570 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05401

Phone: (802) 656-0155
Fax: (802) 656-8196

Web Site Link out of catalogue site.


Domestic animals play a major role in our lives through agriculture, recreation, biomedical science, and companionship. The mission of the Department of Animal Science is to provide a high quality, broad-based education emphasizing domestic animals and their interactions with humans.

Graduates enter veterinary or other professional schools or pursue careers in biomedical science, agribusiness, companion animal care and breeding, zoos and aquaria, or education. To provide the necessary flexibility to achieve this diversity, students work closely with faculty advisors to individualize their programs.

To advance the pre-veterinary program, the Department of Animal Science has established, with Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts, Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario and the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh, Scotland highly competitive programs for early acceptance / guaranteed admission to these veterinary colleges. For further information on these highly competitive options contact the Department of Animal Science directly at (802)656-0155 or email . Some limited veterinary scholarships are also available for upper-level students.

An option for the outstanding student with an interest in a graduate degree is the Accelerated Master's in which students commence study for their master's degree in their senior year and have the potential to obtain a B.S. and M.S. in a five-year period.

The Department of Animal Science actively encourages participation in undergraduate research, internships, and study abroad. By combining classroom, laboratory, and practical experience students maximize their performance in a friendly environment and develop responsibility for and control over their education.

The Animal Science Program deals with a range of options from basic sciences through companion and zoo animal care to farm management. Although programs are highly individualized by students working with the advisors, there are four basic options: Dairy Production, Equine Science, General Animal Science, and Pre-veterinary/Pre-professional Science.