Production Animal Scholars Concentration

Production Animal Scholars (PAS) is an academic concentration for undergraduate students who aspire to work with animals that produce food for humans in veterinary medicine or an advanced aspect of animal science. Horses and companion animals are excluded from this concentration. The PAS concentration is based strongly in science and will prepare students for many professions in science and is not limited to preparation for veterinary college.

Eligibility for Undergraduate Production Animal Scholars

The Department of Animal Science will coordinate the undergraduate program. All Production Animal Scholars will be majors in Animal Science. There are no academic or experiential requirements to enroll in the undergraduate PAS concentration. There will be forthright discussions about professional goals and high academic performance will be required. The Department of Animal Science will not impose any entrance requirements or selection criteria for a student to be in Production Animal Scholars. Except for references from faculty, Animal Science has no role in whether students are admitted to CVM.

For requirements to apply and for admission into CVM, see text below list of courses. Or, go to website for College of Veterinary Medicine at MSU (http://cvm.msu.edu), then click Prospective DVM Students, and then click Production Medicine Scholars Admissions Pathway. 

Specific course requirements for Production Animal Scholars:    

ALL OF THE FOLLOWING COURSES: (*required for admission to MSU Veterinary Medicine)

ANS 201

Animal Products

F

3

BS 162

Organisms and Populations

F,S, SS

4

BS 172

Organisms and Populations Laboratory

F,S, SS

2

BMB 401

Biochemistry

F,S, SS

4

CEM 161

Chemistry Laboratory I

F,S,SS

1

CEM 252

Organic Chemistry II

F,S, SS

3

CEM 255

Organic Chemistry Lab

F,S, SS

2

*MMG 301

Introductory Microbiology

F,S,SS

3

*MMG 302

Introductory Microbiology Laboratory

S,SS

1

*MMG 409

Eucaryotic Cell Biology

S,SS

3

*PHY 231

Introductory Physics I

F,S, SS

3

*PHY 232

Introductory Physics II

F,S,SS

3

*PHY 251

Introductory Physics Laboratory I

F,S,SS

1

*PHY 252

Introductory Physics Laboratory II

F,S,SS

1

 

TOTAL CREDITS 34

ONE OF THE FOLLOWING COURSES in addition to the required species management course from ANS Core for a total of two courses. ANS 242 and 282 are excluded.

ANS 222

Introductory Beef Management

S

3

ANS 232

Introductory Dairy Management

F

3

ANS 252

Introduction to Management of Avian Species

F odd yr.

3

ANS 262

Introductory Sheep Management

S

3

ANS 272

Introductory Swine Management

F

3

 

TOTAL CREDITS 3

TWO OF THE FOLLOWING COURSES:

ABM 435

Financial Management in the Agri-Food System

S

3

ABM 437

Agribusiness Strategic Management

S

3

ANS 413

Non-Ruminant Nutrition

S

3

ANS 483

Ruminant Nutrition

S

3

 

TOTAL CREDITS 6

ONE OF THE FOLLOWING COURSES:

 

ANS 305

Applied Animal Behavior

S

3

ANS 309

Animal Health Management

F

3

ANS 405

Endocrinology of Reproduction

F

4

ANS 425

Principles of Animal Biotechnology

S

3

ANS 435

Mammary Physiology

S

4

 

TOTAL CREDITS 3-4

ONE OF THE FOLLOWING COURSES:

ANS 422

Advanced Beef Feedlot Management

F

3

ANS 432

Advanced Dairy Cattle Management

F

3

ANS 472

Advanced Swine Management

S even years

3

 

TOTAL CREDITS 3

THREE CREDITS  OF THE FOLLOWING COURSES:

ANS 407

Food and Animal Toxicology

F

3

ANS 418

Comprehensive Nutrient Management

F

3

ANS 455

Avian Physiology

S

4

ZOL 313

Animal Behavior

F, S, SS

3

ZOL 341

Fundamental Genetics (Can replace ANS 314)

F. S. SS

4

*Pre-Veterinary science requirement.

To address questions or for additional information about Production Animal Scholars, contact Elizabeth Karcher in Department of Animal Science at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 517-353-8518.

Requirements to apply to CVM through Production Animal Scholars:

To be accepted into College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) or graduate school, students must have excellent academic performance and experiences that establish a commitment and passion for food animals. These experiences must include management of food animals and work with food animal veterinarians. So, there are two criteria for PAS students to be accepted into CVM, academic excellence and experience. PAS students must complete BS degree before starting CVM.

Objective academic standards for consideration at CVM are: cumulative GPA of 3.2 throughout academic undergraduate studies, minimum of 3.2 GPA for pre-veterinary sciences, and minimal Scholastic Indicator Score for CVM of 790. Non-academic requirements are to establish an academic advisor in Animal Science, to demonstrate a commitment to livestock agriculture through diverse experiences, and to have quality exposure to veterinary practice.

Given that minimal credits are completed and academic performance is adequate, students may apply to CVM as early as after sophomore year. However, application to CVM should occur when experience is maximal. Usually, students apply to CVM between junior and senior year. However, some urban students may delay application to CVM until after senior year is complete to gain additional experience.

General requirements to apply to CVM:

  • Completion of at lest 50% of required pre-veterinary courses and at least 10 credits from additional courses required for Production Animal Scholars concentration.
  • Quality experience with a veterinarian who works with food animals.
  • Three letters of recommendation:
    • One from academic advisor in Animal Science
    • One from a faculty, agricultural professional, or a veterinarian
    • One from a veterinarian.
  • Completion of the GRE examination
  • A strong commitment to livestock agriculture.  This can be demonstrated with youth activities, family experiences, employment, research, extracurricular activities or other forms of service or activities within the livestock industry.  It is not necessary to be raised on a farm to qualify.  There are many ways that any student from diverse backgrounds may demonstrate a commitment to livestock agriculture.
  • Students eligible for selection for the CVM professional program through the Production Animal Scholars pathway must have a scholastic indicator score of at least 790.

    All candidates for the professional veterinary medical program, including Production Animal Scholars, will be selected by the College of Veterinary Medicine Committee on Student Admission. Except for letters from faculty, the Department of Animal Science will not have any direct role on the process to select students for the professional veterinary medical program. Up to ten (10) students who are Production Animal Scholars may be admitted each year into the professional veterinary medical program. If admitted the student must maintain a 3.2 cumulative and 3.2 pre-veterinary science GPA throughout completion of the Bachelor’s Degree.  All pre-veterinary science courses must be completed with a passing grade of 2.0 by the Spring Semester of the year of matriculation.  However, if no Production Medicine Scholar candidates met the standards for performance and selection, none will be accepted. Therefore, Production Animal Scholars is intended to be rigorous and focused on knowledge to enhance livestock production medicine. In addition to the academic and experience requirements, Production Animal Scholars will have opportunities for field trips, seminars, panel discussions, and case studies.

    Application and Admission to the College of Veterinary Medicine:

    • Within 3 to 6 months before application, each student should meet with staff in CVM Admissions to determine eligibility to apply. Contact Donna Grooms (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  or 517-353-9793) in CVM for an appointment.
    • In early August, usually after junior year, an applicant will send a letter to the College of Veterinary Medicine. The letter is short and will state simply that as a Production Animal Scholar you intend to apply to the professional program in veterinary medicine.
    • To intend to apply a student must have completed the academic and experiential requirements stated above and have taken the GRE exam.
    • If CVM agrees that the student has fulfilled requirements to apply, CVM will send an application packet to the student. All aspects of this application packet must be completed and submitted to CVM in early September.
    • A subcommittee of the Admissions Committee will review the completed application.  The Admissions Committee for CVM at Michigan State University reserves the right to conduct interviews.
    • Students who are not accepted into CVM as Production Animal Scholars may request that their application should be in the pool of all regular applicants. Note that if denied admission as a regular applicant, you cannot apply again as a Production Animal Scholar.
    • Typically students apply to CVM during the summer immediately before their senior year. Please note that this schedule will allow for completion of the undergraduate program in Animal Science/Production Animal Scholars before matriculation into CVM.

    Any advantages that Production Animal Scholars have for admission to CVM at Michigan State University do not apply with application to colleges of veterinary medicine in other states.

    Students at Michigan State University who are majoring in Animal Science may wish to enter the professional veterinary medical program without the Production Animal Scholars concentration. These students may apply through the regular veterinary admission process. However, if denied admission through the regular pathway, these students are no longer eligible to apply as Production Animal Scholars.

    The Departments of Animal Science and Large Animal Clinical Sciences are very excited about this new educational opportunity for future veterinarians. In addition, we are enthusiastic and optimistic that this program will address the current shortage of veterinarians for livestock.