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    Feeding Seaweed to Cows

    Read about the research team led by UVM's Sabrina Greenwood that is exploring the potential animal health, environmental and economic benefits of seaweed as a feed alternative for organic dairy cows.

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    Prevent. Detect. Respond.

    Read how animal science major Kortnie Wheaton and faculty are working to help protect the U.S. food system from animal diseases and other global threats. Plus, a new biosecurity minor at UVM.

  • 2018 Horse Barn Coop Students at the MRC on the lawn

    Equine Opportunities Abound

    Whether you are interested in equine health or want to continue riding, there are many opportunities to work with horses at UVM. Learn about the UVM Horse Barn Co-op, where students learn skills in equine management, teamwork and leadership.

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    Hands-On Courses

    Animal science students get hands-on experience from day one and graduate with a foundation in animal biology, nutrition, genetics, behavior, reproduction, anatomy and physiology. Explore animal science courses.

Why Animal Science at UVM?

Animal science students gain perspective on the interconnections between animal, environmental and human health. They work directly with faculty to address real-world challenges—from supporting sustainable food animal production to improving animal health and wellbeing through nutrition, management and disease prevention. We offer a science-based curriculum with customized programs of study aligned with student interests. Popular concentrations include: Pre-veterinary/Pre-professional Science; Zoo, Exotic and Companion Animals; Equine Science; Dairy Science/Management.


Interim Department Chair Welcome

The Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences is a multidisciplinary unit with education, research, and public outreach responsibilities. Our department is committed to delivering high quality undergraduate and graduate education that focuses on animals important to Vermont and the region including dairy, equine, companion, zoo, and exotic animals.... Read More >>>


Our programs offer unlimited internship opportunities and lab experience with research faculty.


We have curricular and extra-curricular support for career exploration and preparation.


Each student has a faculty advisor that provides guidance with course selection and career opportunities.


Farms and Facilities

Department teaching/research units include the Paul R. Miller Research and Educational Center and the Morgan Horse Farm.

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Undergraduate Program

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Students, with assistance from faculty advisors, develop individualized programs in one of four focus areas that lead to a B.S. degree.

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Graduate Programs

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The programs are designed to provide training in basic and applied research toward a graduate degree in Animal Biosciences.

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