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Animal Careers Website

Interested in careers in the Animal Science Industry? Come and explore the many careers available! Personality, interests and technical skills all play into a career choice. Learn about some of the people who work in careers in animal science to find out how these aspects of their individuality contribute to their career success.

Applied Dairy Cattle Genetics

This website has been developed by the Cornell Applied Dairy Cattle Genetics Class, ANSC 3310, to provide explanation and clarification on the genetics of dairy cattle and the application of genetic evaluations towards animal improvement.  It is geared towards non-scientists with pages centered on education, research, and producer usage.  Students chose their own topics of interest for their webpages.  The majority of the pages are informational but a few are designed for extension/classroom education and producer management use with materials available to download.

Plants Poisonous to Livestock

This is a growing reference that includes plant images, pictures of affected animals and presentations concerning the botany, chemistry, toxicology, diagnosis and prevention of poisoning of animals by plants and other natural flora (fungi, etc.).

Basic Genetics Website

This Internet-based educational resource on genetics was designed to expose university undergraduates and the general population to the basic genetics concepts and principles. By presenting basic genetics principles in a simple and concise manner and at a level accessible to the general public, our web site provides a large segment of the student population and the general public with the opportunity to become participants in the genetics revolution.

Cornell Raptor Program

The Cornell Raptor Program was established in 1993 to provide students of the animal and biological sciences, natural resources, and veterinary medicine, and other community members an opportunity to become involved directly with efforts to promote conservation of raptors – birds of prey.

Holey Cow

Have you ever wondered why some animals eat grass? After a short slide presentation, you will be invited to come down and pet a cow, offer her feed, and explore the rumen. The cow, "Sunny", is fistulated; she has a hole in her side with a plug. You will be given gloves and can place your arm inside Sunny's stomach. We also have a microscope demonstration - You can see some of the rumen microbes. Truly a "hands-on" learning activity that allows you to see, feel and smell what we have talked about.  For more information, contact Jessica Carpenter (

Fact Sheet about Recombinant Bovine Somatotropin (rbST)

Recombinant bovine somatotropin (rbST) was among the first proteins produced through the use of ‘biotechnology’. After a thorough review of well-controlled studies, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the commercial use of Monsanto’s rbST in November, 1993 and commercial sales in the U.S. began on February 4, 1994 under the trade name “Posilac”. Some still express concerns about the use of biotechnology in agriculture and medicine, and often times this concern is based on misinformation.  This document aims to dispel misinformation by presenting the facts and the research regarding rbST.

Cornell Net Carbohydrate and Protein System (CNCPS)

The Cornell Net Carbohydrate and Protein System (CNCPS) was developed to predict requirements, feed utilization, animal performance and nutrient excretion for dairy and beef cattle using accumulated knowledge about feed composition, digestion, and metabolism in supplying nutrients to meet requirements.  The current version of the model (v 6.5.5) is designed to formulate for and evaluate multiple groups on a farm and to further evaluate nutrient excretion and efficiency of use of nutrients. Each new version contains changes that improve the accuracy of the CNCPS model and user friendliness of the computer software. CNCPS installation and license purchase instructions

Wisconsin-Cornell Dairy Repro: A Reproductive Programs Economics Analysis Tool

The UWCU-DairyRepro$Plus is a PC-Based tool that implements a complex daily Markov chain model inspired by Giordano et al., 2012 (J. Dairy Science 95:5442) that simulates all cows in a herd and their economics, and computes the net return associated to reproductive performance parameters. For more information or questions, please contact Dr. Julio GiordanoInstaller package (new version 10/9/14) (Microsoft Windows)