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!


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A One Health approach at the University of Delaware: youtube.com/watch?v=4sTXLBPg58E

Faculty Spotlight

Ryan Arsenault
Assistant Professor Animal Science

Dr. Arsenault conducts research on animal biology from a kinome perspective, gut health, and immunometabolism and disease pathogenesis. 

Latest news

  • General food safety photo

    Food Safety Experts Avoid These 4 Foods At The Grocery Store

    September 15, 2023 | Written by Anna Rahmanan of Yahoo News
    When it comes to raw milk Dr. Kali Kniel says, “Although it is possible to purchase raw, unpasteurized milk in some states, I recommend people not consume it." Kniel, a microbiologist at the University of Delaware also explained that when a product is actually contaminated with a pathogenic microbe, the food won’t smell or look different for the most part.
  • Urgency for pets

    September 13, 2023 | Written by Kate Zincone
    Pandemic pets blissfully enjoyed more time with their owners as work and school transitioned to a remote environment. Even more lucky animals were adopted. To them, this unexplained increase in company, play and quality time was a treat. But, especially when more households have pets, what happens when all of these animals — new and old — get sick?
  • Equine exploration

    September 08, 2023 | Written by Kate Zincone
    A life-long equestrian competitor, UD student Rebecca Graves was an intern during the summer at the Purina Equine Unit at the Missouri Animal Nutrition Center. She primarily instructed young horses in key skills.


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