Our programs cover a wide range of scientific disciplines that support the safe and economical production of domestic livestock animals and quality foods, as well as the care, health, and use of companion animals. In the field of animal science, disciplines include virology, physiology, nutrition, microbiology, immunology, molecular biology, engineering, biochemistry, genomics and animal management. In food science, we cover the disciplines of food safety (microbiology), chemistry and engineering, as well as the culinary aspects of food.

Our research addresses contemporary and future scientific challenges using cutting-edge technologies. Our goal is to assist and support stakeholders in the poultry, livestock and food industries.

Where high quality programs intersect with a dynamic living/learning laboratory — a 350-acre working farm!

Where high quality programs intersect with a dynamic living/learning laboratory — a 350-acre working farm!

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UD alumna Michele Maughan conducts research with military working dogs: youtube.com/watch?v=ET8psP4EXr4

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Faculty Spotlight

Yihang Li Assistant Professor of Animal Nutrition and GI Physiology

Dr. Li evaluates gastrointestinal (GI) health by nutrient transport capacity and barrier integrity, which plays a critical role in modern animal industry that is centered in optimizing feed efficiency and enhancing disease prevention.

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  • Wastewater runs through New Castle County sewers.

    Delaware sewers provide a clearer view of COVID numbers

    July 26, 2022 | Written by Johnny Perez-Gonzalez of WHYY
    WHYY examines wastewater testing for COVID-19, including the work of the UD Center for Environmental and Wastewater Epidemiological Research.
  • Serving up success

    July 22, 2022 | Written by Kate Zincone
    UD senior food science major Ben Quinutolo balances his food truck and internship with PepsiCo.
  • From college to career

    May 27, 2022 | Written by Amy Wolf
    Adelle Shealy, a senior food science major, received three full-time job offers before graduating and will begin work as an assistant scientist at MycoTechnology in June.

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