What is Animal Science?

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 concentrations: Dairy Production, Equine Science, Zoos, Exotics and Companion Animal and Pre-Veterinary/Pre-Professional Science.

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.

Why are we so proud of our program?

We Offer:

Virtually unlimited internship opportunities coordinated by Fran Kinghorn 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 oppertunities. 

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.

Check us out in the news!

Check out what our students did in ASCI 191 - Winter Dairy Travel Course. 

ASCI students at a farm in PEI

Country Folks Article



The Vermont Cynic: Professors Read Positive “Rate My Professor” Comments

Our very own Dr. Wilkinson was interviewed See full video here

Dr. Wilkinson at her desk reading an article





UVM Is: Jenny Wilkinson Shares the Powerful Connection Between Humans and Horses

ASCI Faculty in the news :) Also featuring a new online course ASCI 005 - Intro to the Horse!

Read full article


Bovine Brain Atlas

Dr. McKay(Right) and Ms. Cantrell(Right) holding their calendar

Animal and Veterinary Science's Dr. Stephanie McKay & Bonnie Cantrell hold the NeuroScience Associates (NSA) annual calendar featuring their research on creating a bovine brain atlas. Work would not be possible without support from NSALabs, & many collaborators. @neuroscience associates. #neuroscience The McKay Lab

UVM Dairy Bar

A paper cup of ice cream with the new "Dairy Bar" logo on it Read about it: First Impressions: UVM Dairy Bar makes it's return to campus!

Classes and upcoming events:


New ASCI 191 D - Equine Behavior

New ASCI 191 E - One Health: Pollution

New ASCI 191 WW1 - Winter Dairy Travel Course

Miller Research Complex, 430-514 Spear Street, Open Daily- 2-4 p.m., Visitor Information 865-9946


UVM mascot "Rally Cat" with a calf