Animal Sciences

About Us

The Division of Animal Sciences at the University of Missouri is one of six divisions in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR). It was created from a merger in 1989 from three of the college’s departments: Dairy Husbandry (1901), Animal Husbandry (1904), and Poultry Husbandry (1911). Our faculty members are noted for teaching and mentoring excellence. With globally recognized expertise, we teach in five discipline areas: reproductive and environmental physiology, ruminant and monogastric nutrition, genetics/genomics, meat science and livestock production, and across six species: swine, dairy cattle, beef cattle, poultry, companion animals and horses. A leader in animal science research, we are committed to providing our students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed and make a difference in the world.


Undergraduate Studies

Animal sciences is a broad field centered on the study of agriculturally important animals and their products.

Graduate Studies

The Division of Animal Sciences has a broad-based teaching program, and our faculty members are noted for teaching and mentoring excellence.

Minors and Certificates

Animal Sciences has an equine science certificate and a combined minor with the School of Natural Resources.


#1 in nation

benchtop to barnyard research funding


undergraduates in the Animal Sciences program


farms and facilities


Research in the Division of Animal Sciences goes from bench to barnyard with world-renown expertise in:

  • Reproduction
  • Genetics/genomics
  • Meat science
  • Nutrition
  • Physiology
Animal Sciences Research
6 week-old swine and hogs at MU South Farm's Swine Teaching Center.

Animal Sciences News & Accolades