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Welcome to the Department of Animal Science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University. First known as the Department of Animal Husbandry back in 1903, the Department has a long and storied history of linking basic and applied research for the benefit of animals and people. Still today, our research programs continue to advance our understanding of animal biology and address local and global issues facing animal industries.

The department of Animal Science is devoted to:


Departmental faculty advise and offer a large, diverse curriculum to over 400 undergraduate and approximately 45 graduate students, catering to a broad range of student interests and vocational objectives, including major programs designed to prepare students for careers in a variety of fields:

  • veterinary medicine
  • dairy science and management
  • agribusiness
  • academic teaching
  • research


Our faculty and students tackle a variety of research problems across multiple scales, ranging from molecular and cellular biology to the applied biology and management of herds and flocks.  The Department is comprised of accomplished researchers in a wide range of disciplines:

  • animal genetics
  • nutrition
  • physiology
  • growth biology
  • management systems


The Department is strongly committed to public education through its outreach programs dedicated to animal producers and their supporting industries, as well as to the youth of New York State. Our extension specialists are responsible for a number of popular and useful programs designed to reach a variety of audiences, such as: