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Welcome to the Department of Animal Science

The underlying theme of the animal science curriculum at UConn is to provide our 400+ animal science majors with the flexibility to pursue areas of specific interest.  There are certain courses within the major that are required to qualify for your degree (e.g. nutrition, genetics, reproduction, etc.), but you may choose any one of six options (animal production, business management and marketing, pre-vet/pre-grad, equine science, food science and animal biotechnology).  Remember that these are only guidelines and the final arrangement of courses is yours to decide. The animal science industry needs highly motivated, technically qualified graduates who will take advantage of the opportunities offered in the entire range of animal-related careers.

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The Little International Livestock Show will be held on Saturday, October 29th beginning at 8:30 AM in the Horsebarn Hill Arena.  Join us to support over 150 students in showmanship classes for sheep, pigs, horses, chickens, and beef and dairy cattle.  See more information on the flyer here.

A schedule of events and program booklet will be posted here in mid to late October.


The annual UConn Beef Auction will be held on Sunday, October 30th.  See the event flyer here.  The list of animals will be posted on the event page here in mid October.


The 16th Annual UConn Morgan Drill Team Fun Horse Show is scheduled for Saturday, October 22nd beginning at 9 AM.  The show features divisions in western and hunt seat classes as well as lead-line, green horse and gaming divisions and a costume class.  See the Prize List here. 

Horse draw for practicum participants and registration for outside horses will be held on October 12th at 7:00 PM. Download the outside horse health form here and the acknowledgement and consent form here.


Each semester the Department of Animal Science publishes an electronic student newsletter in order to share the latest department news and events; scholarship, job, and internship opportunities; students accomplishments; and reminders of important deadlines to keep our students informed.  Find current and archived newsletters here.



The Department of Animal Science offers undergraduates many opportunities to conduct research outside of the classroom in a variety of areas. Learn what students are currently researching here.




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Department News!

October 2016

Dr. Steven Zinn was awarded the Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award by the UConn Alumni Association.

July 2016

Amanda Jones and Sambhu Pillai placed second and third respectively in the graduate student oral competition at the ASAS/ASDA Joint Annual Meeting.

Genevieve Flock placed second in the food microbiology division graduate research oral competition at the Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting and Food Expo.

Abraham Pellissery won first place in the graduate student oral competition in the microbiology and food safety division at the Poultry Science Association Annual Meeting.

Dr. Steven Zinn was chosen as President-elect of the American Society of Animal Science.  His term as president will begin in 2017.

June 2016

Dr. Dennis D'Amico was chosen as the 2016 recipient of the ASAS NE Young Scientist Educator Award.

April 2016

Meera Nair was awarded a Feeding Tomorrow Graduate Scholarship from the Institute of Food Technologists.

Meera Nair successfully completed her Prospectus Defense entitled "Attenuating Escherichia coli O157:H7 virulence using selenium and rutin" on Friday, April 29th.

Amanda Jones successfully completed her Prospectus Defense entitled " The impact of poor materinal nutrition on ewe inflammatory status and offspring growth during gestation" on Friday, April 15th. 

Dr. Steven Zinn received the Faculty Excellence Undergraduate Teaching Award and the University Teaching Fellow Award.

Dr. Dennis D'Amico, ANSC Assistant Professor, was quoted in two articles entitled "Inside the FDA's Operatic Fight with America's Artisanal Cheese Makers" and "Is America Playing a Risky Game of Raw-Milk Roulette?" on foodrepublic.com.

March 2016

Varunkumar Bhattaram, Sambhu Pillai, Meera Nair, and Jingyue Duan, ANSC graduate students, won awards for their oral presentations and Yanyan Liu, ANSC graduate student, won an award for her poster presentation at the annual CAHNR Graduate Student Council Research Forum.

November 2015

The UConn dairy herd was awarded a 2015 Agri-Mark quality award.

The second Manolo Blahnik shoe sale in West Hartford raises more scholarship funds for dairy students.

Dr. Michael Darre, ANSC Professor, was quoted in an article in The Norwich Bulletin entitled "Turkey farmer: Bird flu didn't have a big impact on us."  Read the article here.

The UConn Creamery was featured in an article in The Progressive Dariyman entitled "Universities invest in campus creameries for the future."  Read the article here.

October 2015

The UConn dairy herd was awarded a 2015 Progressive Breeders Registry Award.

September 2015

Amanda Jones, ANSC Masters student, and Rachel Holden, ANSC Senior, were selected to receive the 2015-2016 CT Trustees of the Eastern States Exposition Graduate and Undergraduate Scholarships.

Dr. Richard Mancini, ANSC Associate Professor, was named as one of VetTechColleges.com's 20 Influential Farm Animal Veterinary Professors.

August 2015

Dr. Kumar Venkitanarayanan, ANSC Professor, was featured in an article in The Hindu entitled "Plant-derived antimicrobials a boon to organic farming." Read the article here.

The Chile Queso Blanco made in our creamery received 3rd place in the national competition at the American Cheese Society meeting and 1st place in an open competition at the Big E Cheese Competition.  Read more about the creamery here.

Shankumar Mooyottu, ANSC PhD student, was selected to receive the Jerry Yang Graduate Research Excellence Award.

The Manolo Blahnik shoe sale held in Bantam, CT raises nearly $200,000 in scholarship funds for dairy students. Read an article about the sale here.

July 2015

Dr. Steven Zinn, Department Head and Professor, was honored with the Fellows Award in Administration at the 2015 ASAS Joint Annual Meeting.  Read more here.

Dr. John McCracken, Professor in Residence, was featured on Naturally@UConn for his contribution to the uterine transplant studies of Dr. Mats Brännström which led to the first human baby born from a transplanted uterus in October of 2014.  Read more here.

June 2015

Dr. Steven Zinn and alumni Dr. Surendranath Suman were selected by vettechcolleges.com as two of the 20 Outstanding Animal Science Professors in the United States.  Read more here.

April 2015

Deepti Karumathil, ANSC PhD student, was awarded a Feeding Tomorrow Graduate Scholarship from the Foundation of IFT.  Read more here.

Alexandra Rudolph, ANSC Junior, received a UConn IDEA Grant to fund her self-designed work on the topic Detecting the Effects of Bovine Granulocyte-macrophage Colony-stimulating Factor on the Milk Neutrophil Transcriptome.

Bill Sciturro, Dairy Manufacturing Manager, was featured for his work with the UConn Chemical Engineering Department on creating a low sugar ice cream for the UConn Dairy Bar.  Read more here.

March 2015

Dr. Sarah Reed received the CAHNR Donald M. Kinsman Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Indu Upadhyaya, ANSC PhD student, received the CAHNR Graduate Student Research Award.

Dr. Mary Anne Amalaradjou and Dr. Sarah Reed received the Research Excellence Program (REP) Award. 

February 2015

Samantha Fancher, Hsin-Bai Yin, Meera Nair, and Genevieve Flock, ANSC graduate students (advisor Dr. Kumar Venkitanarayanan) won awards for their oral presentations and Kaleigh Flock, ANSC graduate student, won an award for her poster presentation at the annual CAHNR Graduate Student Council Research Forum.

January 2015

Dr. Cindy Tian and Dr. Kumar Venkitanarayanan received a four-year membership to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

October 2014

Dr. Michael Darre received the Provost's Award for Excellence in Community Engaged Scholarship from Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Mun Y. Choi for his work with community outreach programs.  Read the full article here.

September 2014

Dr. Kumar Venkitanarayanan has been conducting research on the number one poultry borne pathogen, Salmonella Enteritidis. Naturally@UConn recently featured an article on his research and the success he has had with it. Read the full article here.

Kaylin M. Belskie, ANSC Masters student (advisor Dr. Richard Mancini), received the 2014 Connecticut Trustees Graduate Scholarship. The $3,000 award was bestowed at The Big E on Connecticut Day. Connecticut Lieutenant Governor, Nancy Wyman, and chair of the ESE Connecticut Trustees, Eleanor Gosse, were in attendance at the award ceremony.

August 2014

Dr. Dennis D'Amico gave a presentation at the 2014 Annual Science of Artisan Cheese Conference in Somerset, UK. He spoke about "Managing Listeria monocytogenes in artisan and farmstead cheese production." He also spoke at the 2014 International Association for Food Protection annual meeting about “Pathogen Control for Cheesemakers Utilizing Unpasteurized Milk."

July 2014

Dr. Steven Zinn gave an invited presentation at the 2014 Biology of Lactation in Farm Animals Workshop at the 2014 American Society of Animal Science/American Dairy Science Association joint annual meeting on Graduate Student Education. He also received the 2014 H. Allen Tucker Lactation and Endocrinology Award.

Dr. Sarah Reed gave an invited presentation at the 2014 American Society of Animal Science/American Dairy Science Association joint annual meeting on Satellite Cells in Horses.

Devi Jaganathan, ANSC PhD student won first place in Northeast ASAS/ADSA Graduate  Student Oral Presentation

Indu Upadhyaya, ANSC PhD student, won Best Graduate Student Research in the Poultry Products Safety Division at the 2014 Poultry Science Association meeting. Indu was also

appointed to the 2014-2015 PSA Board of Directors as  Student Director. She also received the prestigious Maurine Stein Fellowship Award. This award is given to a graduate student whose training and research in applied poultry sciences may lead to improvements in efficiency and profitability of the egg industry.

Deepti Karumathil passed the Certified Food Scientist (CFS) exam administered by the international Food Science Certification Commission (IFSCC) f Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).  She is the first individual from UConn to attain this credential.

Dr. Dennis D'Amico gave a presentation on "Aging Artisan Cheese on Wood" at the annual meeting of the National Association of Dairy Regulatory Officials in Kansas City. He also spoke at the American Cheese Society annual conference in Sacramento, CA about "FSMA Updates."

June 2014

Meera Nair, an Animal Science Ph.D student, won first place in the John Z. Ordal Food Microbiology Division Oral Presentation competition at the 2014 Institute of Food Technologists annual conference held in New Orleans this June. With over 16,000 people attending, this is a highly competitive program. Six finalists were selected to present their research out of the large pool of over 70 competitors who had submitted applications. Dr. Venkitanarayanan’s students have been winners in this competition for the past few years and Meera continues this trend.

Dr. Dennis D'Amico, ANSC Assistant Professor, recently held a workshop offering training in efficient and safe artisan cheese-making. He focused on the efficacy of the cheese-making process and ways to eliminate potential contaminants. The full article covering his workshop can be read here.

May 2014

Indu Upadhyaya, an Animal Science Ph.D. candidate, was just awarded the prestigious 2014 Maurice Stein Fellowship Award.  She will accept this award after giving a brief thank you speech and presentation regarding her current research at the Poultry Science Association’s Annual Meeting in Corpus Christ, Texas from July 14-17, 2014. This award is given to a senior graduate student whose training and research in applied poultry sciences may lead to improvements in efficiency and profitability of the poultry industry; particularly research that has the potential to have a positive financial impact on the egg industry.  This is a national award given to one person each year and is highly selective – there are 30 to 40 applicants annually.



* Select polo photos pictured above in photo roll have been provided by alumni Amy Wisehart.

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