University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

Animal Sciences

Cows at Dairy Unit on Coldstream Farm

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Animal Sciences involves applying the basic principles of nutrition, reproduction, and genetics to the production and management of horses, dairy and beef cattle, sheep, swine, and poultry.

It also deals with the processing and use of products from these animals for the benefit of the human population.

Within the Animal Sciences major, you may pursue one of three options:

  • Animal Industry
  • Food Industry
  • Pre-Professional

Your College Courses

Most of the 30 courses offered by the Animal and Food Sciences Department are relatively small, typically less than 30 students. This provides an opportunity for individualized instruction in both general and specific subject matter areas:

General Subjects

  • genetics/animal breeding
  • reproductive physiology
  • animal nutrition/ration formulation
  • live animal and carcass evaluation

Specific Subjects

  • Equine Science
  • Beef Cattle Science
  • Dairy Cattle Science
  • Swine Science
  • Sheep Science
  • Poultry Production

Animal Sciences faculty teach courses in the area of their expertise (nutrition, reproductive physiology, genetics, live animal and carcass evaluation). Faculty incorporate the results of their research into their coursework. In this way students are exposed to the most recent information in a specific subject.



"The best thing the College of Agriculture has going for it is undoubtedly its professors. While I was in school I found them willing to answer questions and spend time with me outside of the classroom. Now that I’ve graduated I look to them as both friends and resources."

Joanna Wood Coles
County Extention Agent for Agriculture


"Animal Sciences fully prepared me for my internship experience, and my internship led to a full-time job! The many resources available to me – the faculty, the career specialist, the clubs and activities - all helped point me in the right direction."

Brandy Blaine
Animal Sciences graduate

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