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.


  • Student Profile: Q&A with Nicole Chase

    Nicole Chase

    Q&A with Nicole Chase

    Sophomore, Dairy Management, Institute of Agricultural Technology

    Internship: Migliazzo and Sons Dairy; Atwater, Calif.


  • Student Profile: Q&A with Morgan Federau

    Morgan Federau

    Q&A with Morgan Federau
    Horse Management, Freshman
    Internship Location: Kentucky Horse Park


  • Animal Science Mourns the Loss of Daniel D. Kiesling

    Dan Kiesling

    Daniel D. Kiesling, Livestock Industries Coordinator, passed away Monday, July 11 at University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor.

  • Foundation Awards Distinguished Livestock Scholarships

    $34,500 in scholarships given to 12 MSU students.

  • Michigan agriculture mourns loss of Dr. Harlan Ritchie

    Dr. Harlan Ritchie

    Dr. Harlan Ritchie, distinguished professor in the Department of Animal Science at Michigan State University passed away April 27, 2016. He was an educator, judge, mentor, colleague, and close friend of many in the beef industry.

    Dr. Harlan Ritchie, Distinguished Professor of Animal Science at Michigan State University (MSU) was cited as a well-respected legend in the cattle industry by several people who knew him well, and his influence reached from Michigan around the world. - See more at:


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