Veterinary & Animal Sciences
Degree: Bachelor of Science
For Animal Science and Pre-Veterinary
Contact: George Howe
Office: 315 Stockbridge Hall
Head of Department: Professor Robert T. Duby. Professors Baldwin, Black, Brown, Graves, Marcum, Osborne; Associate Professors Fissore, Howe, Jerry; Assistant Professor Good; Lecturers Barlow, Bedford, Huyler, Mente, Schurink; Adjunct Professors Goldsby, Naber, Semprevivo.
Animal Science students study the breeding, nutrition, physiology, pathology, production, and management of domestic and laboratory animals. Courses emphasize facts and principles of biology as a basis for animal agriculture, animal research, and our association with animals for recreation. The department maintains a horse and livestock instructional facility at the 131-acre Hadley Farm adjacent to campus, and research facilities at Tilson Farm near campus and in South Deerfield. These facilities provide opportunities for students to work directly with animals in their classes and laboratories.
All Animal Science majors complete a Basic Science and an Animal Science core of courses, with the following minimum requirements:
Basic Science Core
MATH 104 Algebra, Analytic Geometry and Trigonometry
BIOL 100, 101 Introductory Biology I, II
CHEM 111, 112 General Chemistry
CHEM 250 or 261, Organic Chemistry
BIOCHM 420 Elementary Biochemistry or BIOCHM 523 General Biochemistry
MICBIO 310/312 General Microbiology/Laboratory
RES EC 211 Introductory Statistics for the Life Sciences
Tier 1: Introductory Animal Science Core
101 Introductory Animal Science
103 Introductory Animal Management
200 Introduction to Biotechnology
220 Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals
300 Writing in Animal Sciences
311 Animal Genetics and Breeding
332 Basic Animal Nutrition and Feeding
360 Farm Animal Care and Welfare
372 Animal Diseases
392 Junior Seminar
Tier 2: Advanced Animal Science Core
A minimum of four courses, with at least one from each of the following groups:
452 Canine and Feline Management
454 Dairy Herd Management
455 Research Animal Management
456 Livestock Management
459 Horse Management
432 Advanced Nutrition
472 Infection and Immunity
511 Advanced Genetics
521 Physiology of Reproduction and Development
BIOTCH 385 Laboratory Methods in Biotechnology
Students are able to work closely with faculty to develop curricula to meet career objectives through general and pre-veterinary advising, and participation in practica, independent studies, and departmental and Honors College programs. Students interested in a second bachelor's degree in Animal Science should contact the department's Undergraduate Program Director.
Students, working with their adviser, concentrate their studies in one of the following four emphasis areas that highlight departmental offerings.
Animal Science (and Pre-Veterinary)
This area is intended for students who wish to follow a strong scientific path, and plan to attend veterinary or graduate school. The program is designed to fulfill these schools' admission requirements, and prepares students to compete in the selective admissions process.
Tier 2 science course selections, and elective courses in organic chemistry, biochemistry, math, physics, and biology, are emphasized. The courses prepare students for schooling and for careers in research, education, and other agricultural positions.
This area is for students whose interests are in animal production, especially dairy and livestock, and the related allied support industries. Selections in the Tier 2 management group, and elective courses in resource economics, plant and soil sciences, food science, computer sciences and education, are emphasized. The background provided enhances opportunities to work in production agriculture as owner-operators and managers, and in related careers in agricultural product marketing and service, banking, extension and vocational agricultural education, veterinary and animal research facilities, and international agriculture.
This area offers a unique opportunity for specialized work with horses. The academic program and skills training coupled with numerous extracurricular activities provide a diverse background that prepares students for careers in all phases of the horse industry. Students emphasize Tier 2 management courses and take electives from several departmental equine offerings. The curriculum combines the basic animal science core courses with the opportunity to concentrate in either equitation and/or horse management.
This area prepares students interested in working as technicians in biotechnology, biomedical, and pharmaceutical laboratories. Course and laboratory selections are directed specifically toward the use of new technologies such as recombinant DNA, embryo manipulation, and cell and tissue culture. Students emphasize courses from the Tier 2 science group, similar to the science emphasis, plus intensive training in modern laboratory technologies. These include courses in research animal management, immunology, lab methods in biotechnology, and medical ethics that provide excellent preparation for employment in the expanding biological research community.
Joint B.S./D.V.M. Program
The College of Food and Natural Resources, together with the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, offers an accelerated, honors-level program enabling students of exceptional ability to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in seven rather than the traditional eight years. The first three years consist of study in our Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences; the final four years are spent at the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine.
Students admitted to the joint program are guaranteed admission to Tufts provided they fulfill course requirements, maintain a high grade point average, and obtain farm and veterinary experience.
Students are able to work closely with faculty through general and preveterinary advising, special problems, practicums and departmental honors.
Students currently holding a bachelor's degree who wish to take courses in preparation for veterinary or graduate school should contact the Undergraduate Program Director for information on a second bachelor's degree in Animal Science.
Animal Science graduates with the B.S. degree are finding jobs in such diverse areas as farm, kennel, or stable management; extension work; technical sales and service; riding instruction; care of laboratory or zoo animals; biomedical and biotechnology laboratory work; the Peace Corps, and secondary education. Most of those who pursue the Animal Science option go on to graduate or veterinary school, after which they embark on careers in research (university, industry, government), college or university teaching, or animal medicine.