The Department of Animal Science at Michigan State University offers education and research for the safe, nutritious and economical production of animal food and fiber, and of animals for recreational purposes, without compromising the environment or jeopardizing the health and well being of farm animals and farm communities. The department provides educational leadership through high-quality courses, research and extension/outreach programs to enhance human capital and ensure that Michigan producers and communities benefit from these.

We have a strong tradition of training outstanding students in animal science and related fields, and welcome prospective students who are interested in our programs and want to contribute to our mission. Graduates of our department have advanced to rewarding careers in universities, government agencies, the livestock industry, veterinary medicine and biomedicine.


  • CANR staff members recognized during MSU’s Breslin Awards

    One CANR staff employee received the 38th annual Jack Breslin Distinguished Staff Award and one CANR staff employee received the sixth annual Ruth Jameyson “Above and Beyond” Award June 1.


  • Horse Tales Literacy Project

    Students read to horses at MSU's Horse Teaching and Research Center

    The Horse Teaching and Research Center was recently featured in PBS video series called “Did You Know?”

  • MSU researchers receive two food safety grants from USDA

    Two Michigan State University (MSU) food scientists have been awarded more than $1.1 million in grants for projects designed to ensure a safe and nutritious food supply while helping to maintain American agricultural competitiveness. The grants are from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).


  • Coalition for Sustainable Egg Supply research supports informed decision-making

    Providing food system stakeholders with science-based information on sustainability factors to guide informed production and purchasing decisions, the Coalition for Sustainable Egg Supply (CSES) has publicly released the final results of its hen housing research, which evaluates three laying hen housing systems based on a variety of sustainability measures.


  • Study abroad to Vietnam links global food center and agriculture students

    Michigan State University animal science senior Rachel Baumgardner will get a new perspective on the world when she travels from her rural Michigan hometown of fewer than 1,000 people to Hanoi, Vietnam, in March.

    Thanks to a partnership between the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation (GCFSI) and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) at MSU, Baumgardner and seven other students will get the opportunity to study international agriculture during the weeklong trip.


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