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Animal and Veterinary Sciences

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Program description

Animal and Veterinary Sciences

The Department of Animal Science and the Department of Veterinary Sciences have combined their efforts to offer several degree options leading to the bachelor of science degree in animal and veterinary sciences. Courses in animal science, food science, and pathobiology are the core offerings in the various options.

Agriculture, in its broadest definition, is the nation's largest industry. Livestock production is Wyoming's largest agricultural enterprise. Animal agriculture and its associated industries offer many opportunities for the interested student. Whether a student is interested in production livestock, allied fields such as meat science, business or animal health, or wants to apply to a college of veterinary medicine, the degree tracks offered will form the basis for a challenging career in animal agriculture/biology. The various options provide maximum flexibility to meet the changing needs of students and their employers. For students interested in pursuing advanced research, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are offered (see the UW Graduate Bulletin for details).

Several degree options allow for specialization and graduate or professional school preparation

  • Production Option
  • Range Livestock Option
  • Business Option
  • Communication Option
  • Animal Biology Option
  • Meat Science and Food Technology Option
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine Option
  • Equine Science Option

Students are encouraged to participate in activities related to their degree option. The university has livestock, horse and meats judging teams. Each team travels and participates in at least one major exposition a year. Each year, the Academic Quadrathalon competition is held, combining practical and classroom skills for students. Field trips, as practical teaching aids in many classes, are scheduled throughout the year. Internships are available to gain practical experience. Student organizations such as the Block and Bridle Club, Food Science Club, Microbiology Club, Range Club, the Pre-vet Club, Wyoming Collegiate Cattlemens Association, and the Ranch Horse Team provide additional educational and recreational opportunities.

Admission requirements

Program Specific Degree Requirements

Master's Program - Plan A (thesis)

The student, major professor, and graduate committee determine the program of study and research project, which meets the needs of the individual student. The candidate's graduate committee should be established and functioning by the time the student has completed 12 semester hours of formal coursework. The master of science program should be approved and filed by the end of the student's second semester of graduate study in animal science. This committee shall also determine if the student is making satisfactory progress to be advanced to a candidate for a master's degree or continued in a doctoral program by the end of the student's third semester following matriculation.

The student can specialize in breeding, food science and human nutrition, nutrition, physiology, meat science, reproduction or wool for coursework and thesis/dissertation project. In addition, supporting coursework is available in agricultural economics, biochemistry, microbiology, range management, genetics, statistics, and other areas of interest to the individual. In certain cases it is possible to develop a joint research project between animal science and another department.

Students may use the research facilities and herds of beef cattle, sheep, and swine at the university livestock center near the university or at one of the university research and extension centers in the state. Research laboratories are located on campus and include a modern meat processing facility.

The Plan A program is a 30 hour program, 26 hours of coursework and 4 hours of thesis research.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

  • Introduction to Animal Science for 4-H/Youth
  • Introduction to Animal Science
  • Equine Management
  • Livestock Fitting and Showing
  • Domestic Animal Metabolism
  • Feeds and Feeding
  • Companion Animal Nutrition
  • Livestock Behavior and Handling
  • Comparative Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals
  • Principles of Animal Nutrition
  • Equine Nutrition and Physiology
  • Equine Behavior and Welfare
  • Introduction to Wool Evaluation
  • Collegiate Wool Judging
  • Introduction to Livestock Evaluation
  • Livestock Judging
  • Equine Evaluation and Selection
  • Advanced Equine Evaluation and Selection
  • Exploring Graduate Study in Animal Science
  • Animal Growth and Development
  • Cell Signaling
  • Nutritional Management
  • Equine Health and Disease
  • Principles of Mammalian Reproduction
  • Management of Reproduction
  • Equine Reproduction
  • Physiology of Ruminant Digestion
  • Wool Structures and Properties
  • Advanced Beef Production and Management
  • Advanced Sheep Production Management
  • Advanced Swine Production and Management
  • Advanced Equine Production and Management
  • Mammalian Endocrinology
  • Problems in Animal Science
  • Principles of Animal Breeding
  • Internship in Animal Science
  • Topics and Issues in Animal Science
  • Undergraduate Teaching Practicum
  • SAS Applications in Agriculture
  • Mineral Metabolism
  • Investigations in Animal Nutrition
  • Wool Measurement Methods
  • Wool Problems Analysis
  • Lipid Metabolism
  • Investigations in Animal Breeding
  • Advanced Seminar in Nutrition
  • Reproductive Biology Seminar
  • Advanced Topics
  • Advanced Seminar
  • Practicum in College Teaching
  • Continuing Registration: On Campus
  • Continuing Registration: Off Campus
  • Enrichment Studies
  • Thesis Research
  • Graduate Project
  • Dissertation Research
  • Internship

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