WELCOME TO ANIMAL AND FOOD SCIENCES

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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Photo of Limin Kung

Faculty Spotlight

Limin Kung Animal Science

Dr. Kung calls ruminants (like cows, sheep and deer) "metabolic marvels" because of incredible interactions with microbes in their guts.

  • Science diplomacy during COVID-19

    Article by Dante LaPenta | September 14, 2020

    UD alumna Patricia Westenbroek confronts infectious diseases and public health throughout the Middle East

  • UD grad has magical internship

    Article by Diane Stopyra | August 10, 2020

    Behind the scenes at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, UD graduate puts her degree to work

  • Taking food safety online

    Article by Dante LaPenta | August 05, 2020

    Cooperative Extension trains Delaware entrepreneurs on food safety

  • Expert insight on Coronavirus

    Article by Beth Miller | March 05, 2020

    Scientists, physicians and a historian bring clarity, counsel and context on COVID-19

  • UD grad has magical internship

    Article by Diane Stopyra | August 10, 2020

    Behind the scenes at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, UD graduate puts her degree to work

  • In Memoriam: Eric Benson

    Article by Dante LaPenta | April 16, 2020

    UD remembers beloved animal and food sciences professor, adviser, friend

Our undergraduate programs

Our graduate programs

PhD student examines samples in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences

The Department of Animal and Food Sciences (ANFS) offers two master of science (M.S.) degree programs with concentrations in either Animal Science or Food Science, as well as a joint Ph.D. degree program in Animal and Food Sciences. All ANFS graduate degrees require research-based theses. ANFS faculty participate in graduate certificate programs (Bioinformatics, Statistics).

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Spotlights

Coronavirus

The genesis of COVID-19: How the pandemic got its start, and how that'll help us beat it

Dr. Calvin Keeler, a molecular virologist with the University of Delaware's Department of Animal and Food Sciences, thinks mapping out the genesis of COVID-19 can help lead us to a better understanding of what might happen next as we deal with unprecedented level of uncertainty surrounding the global pandemic.

Read the full article on WDEL.

Food science major Samantha Martin sets up machinery.

Becoming a food scientist

With coursework, undergraduate research, internships and a part-time job, senior Samantha Martin has been busy at the University of Delaware. With graduation approaching, the food science major has a sweet job lined up. But, if you asked her when she was in high school, she could not have told you much about her future profession. The Newark, Delaware native comes from a family of engineers. She had little idea what a food scientist does. Then she discovered that the major blends two of her passions.

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