• 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.

  • 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.

  • Work on the farm starts before the sun comes up!

    Learn more about the what it takes to make things run in the Cooperative for Real Education in Dairy Management (CREAM), UVM's student-run dairy herd. (Watch the program video.)

Why Animal Science at UVM?

The Animal and Veterinary Sciences 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 focus areas: Dairy Production, Equine Science, Zoos, Exotics and Companion Animals and Pre-Veterinary/Pre-Professional.

When studying Animal Science, students, with assistance from faculty advisors, develop individualized programs that lead to rewarding careers in a wide variety of occupations. These programs apply to farm, laboratory, zoos and companion animals; their interaction with human society; and the contribution of animal products, such as milk and meat, to the world food supply. We provide the opportunity to obtain a meaningful Bachelor of Science degree that will serve the individual well in the future.

Department Chair Welcome

Feng-Qi Zhau, Interim Department ChairThe Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences (ASCI) offers a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and master’s and doctoral degrees in Animal Bioscience, as a part of a Public Ivy and top research university. We provide a stimulating educational experience, through which students can explore their individual interests while developing their knowledge base and skillsets related to animal science... Read More >>>


Why We're Proud of our Program


Virtually unlimited internship opportunities coordinated by our two internship coodinators and lab experience with our impressive research faculty.

Curricular and extra-curricular activities to support career exploration and preparation.

Faculty and staff who value research, teaching, and advising. Each student gets a faculty advisor to help them through the course selection process and to advise them in career opportunities.

Hands-on experience from day one at UVM through courses like Intro to Animal Science, Equus, CREAM, Lameness in Horses, and all of our Clinical Topics courses.


Curriculum Changes

Letter to Students (PDF)

Course change timeline (PDF)

Course change 4 year outline (PDF)