The Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences (ASCI) offers bachelor’s degrees in Animal Science and master’s and doctoral degrees in Animal Bioscience, as a part of a Public Ivy and top research university.

Our Mission

Deliver high quality undergraduate and graduate education: focusing on animals important to Vermont and the region, including dairy, equine, companion, zoo, and exotic animals through innovative and interactive approaches in teaching and learning.

Conduct world-class research to: support sustainable food animal production to feed a growing global population; reduce livestock's impact on the environment; improve animal health and well-being through nutrition, management, disease prevention and control; and to sustain and enhance human health by promoting food safety, quality, and value-added products.

Extend knowledge and education: in Animal Science, to people of Vermont, and the world.


Our Vision

Through teaching, research, and service, we strive to strengthen the ability of our students, faculty, and stakeholders to meet current and future local, national, and global challenges and opportunities in the field of Animal Science. We envision that our graduates will serve society through application of their skills and knowledge, and will have a commitment to life-long learning and continued personal, intellectual, and social growth.

Interim Department Chair Feng-Qi Zhao

"We pride ourselves on providing a high quality of education in an inclusive and equitable environment, tailored to each student’s needs. Our alumni, well-prepared for the job market, embark on exciting and successful career paths."

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