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Pre-veterinary medicine students take a functional anatomy course.

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Department of Animal and Food Sciences

 

Healthy, productive livestock and pets lead to healthy people

 

If you want to contribute to a greater understanding of the complex relationship between the health of domestic animals, wild animals, humans and our shared environment, you have found the right place! Be part of solving one of humanity’s most critical grand challenges — the global demand for food and fiber. Feeding the population, which is expected to grow by 2.3 billion by 2050, will require raising overall food production by 70 percent. Veterinarians are needed to respond to diseases that can be transferred to humans because it is estimated that 75 percent of new emerging diseases are zoonotic. You will help care for the 100 million companion animals that are members of our families and help solve the problems related to the 10 million cats and dogs that enter shelters each year. Graduates of the pre-veterinary medicine and animal biosciences major recognize that healthy, productive livestock and pets lead to healthy people. 

 

Areas of study

  • Animals, Science and Society
  • Animal Behavior
  • Anatomy
  • Animal and Plant Genetics
  • Comparative Physiology
  • Animal Diseases
  • Animal Science Capstone

Career options

  • Veterinarian
  • Professor
  • Research Program Leader
  • Laboratory Manager
  • Animal Nutrition Consultant
  • USDA Program Manager
  • Public Health Specialist

Graduate programs

  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Human Medicine
  • Public Health
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Animal Genetics and Breeding
  • Avian Health
  • Animal Microbiology and Virology

What’s special about this program?

You will be highly competitive for positions in graduate programs and for admission to veterinary schools. In 2016, 29 out of 30 students who applied to veterinary school or medical school were accepted. Beginning in your first semester, you will work with horses, cows, sheep and yes, blue hens, on our 350-acre farm, which is located right on campus.  You will have the opportunity to participate in undergraduate research and work closely with faculty scholars to solve problems in animal nutrition, immunology, virology and molecular biology.  You can even raise and train a service dog in your residence hall! Through the College’s study-abroad programs, you will have the opportunity to study cattle, sheep and horses in New Zealand and conservation biology of non-domesticated animals in Tanzania.

Get involved

Ag Ambassadors

Agricultural College Council (AgCC)

Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity (AGR)

Alpha Zeta (AZ)

Animal Science Club

Collegiate 4-H

Collegiate FFA

Design Articulture (DART)

Ducks Unlimited

The Entomology Club

Equestrian Team

Food Science Club

Horticulture Club

Food Marketing Club

Sigma Alpha Sorority (SA)

Volunteers for Intercultural and Definitive Adventures (VIDA)

The Wildlife Society

Sample curriculum

ANFS101

Animals, Science and Society

 

ANFS111

Animal Science Lab

 

ANFS240

Functional Anatomy

 

UNIV101

Freshman Year Experience

 

ENGL110

Seminar in Composition

 

MATH221

Calculus

 

CHEM103 or 107/104 or 108

General Chemistry

 

BISC207 and 208

Introduction to Biology

 

 

University and College Breadth Courses

 

ANFS100 or 102

Animals and Human Culture or Food for Thought

 

ANFS245

Introduction to Physiology

 

ANFS251

Animal Nutrition

 

ANFS265

Career Development

 

AGRI224

One Health

 

STAT200

Basic Statistical Practice

 

CHEM321 and 322

Organic Chemistry

 

 

University and College Breadth Courses

 

ANFS332

Animal Diseases

 

ANFS350

Animal Behavior

 

PLSC300

Animal and Plant Genetics and Lab

 

ANFS475

Veterinary Biochemistry

 

CHEM214 or 527

Biochemistry

 

PHYS200 and 202

Introductory Physics

 

BISC300

Microbiology

 

 

ANFS Elective Course

 

 

University and College Breadth Courses

 

*Animal Science Capstone Course

 

ANFS Elective Course (1)

 

**Second Writing Course

Students can take any course designated as a writing course in the courses search website, or one of the courses listed below:
ANFS449 – Food Biotechnology
ANFS450 – Applied Biomedical Communication
ANFS451 – Emergency Animal Management

 

University and College Breadth Courses

 

*ANFS Capstone/Production Course options:

- ANFS404 - Dairy Production
- ANFS411 - Food Science Capstone
- ANFS417 - Beef Cattle and Sheep Production
- ANFS418 - Swine Production
- ANFS421/422 - Poultry Production/Lab
- ANFS426 - Equine Management

 

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