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

    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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  • Walking Horse Association of Michigan Championship & Futurity Show

    Date: September 11, 2015 - September 13, 2015
    Location: MSU Pavilion

    WHAM Futurity Show 2015

  • MQHA Breeders Futurity & Great Lakes Classic

    Date: September 17, 2015 - September 20, 2015
    Location: MSU Pavilion

    MQHA Breeders Futurity & Great Lakes Classic 2015

  • MSU Block and Bridle Club Little International

    Date: September 22, 2015 - September 27, 2015
    Location: MSU Pavilion

    The annual Little International stock show hosted by the Block & Bridle club gives every MSU student the chance to work with and competitively exhibit livestock. Participants may choose up to three species from beef, sheep, swine, dairy or horses to work with for a week before showing on Sunday, Sept. 27.

  • Michigan Apple Blossom Classic Show Series

    Date: September 26, 2015 - September 27, 2015
    Location: MSU Pavilion

    Held only three weekends each year, The Michigan Apple Blossom Classic is an all-breed open horse show. The Apple Blossom offers guaranteed sweepstakes classes as well as age group classes for Showmanship, Hunt Seat Equitation, Hunt Seat Pleasure, Western Horsemanship, and Western Pleasure competitors. Riders from Pee-Wee age (12 and under walk/trot) to 50 and over are welcome at the event.

  • Science, Agriculture, Food, Environment and Health Career Fair

    Date: September 29, 2015
    Location: Breslin Center

    This unique career fair designed to connect employers with MSU participants studying for careers in a wide range of science-related fields.  This will include employers offering internship and full time opportunties in the fields of Science, Agriculture, Food, Health, the Environment, and Natural Resources. MSU undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoc scholars are encouraged to attend this event.  


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