Thank you for your interest in Michigan State University - Animal Science

I am pleased to serve as the Chair of the Department of Animal Science at Michigan State University. As you look through our web pages, you will see lots of exciting opportunities that hopefully meet your needs.

If you are interested in graduate school or research, we have many opportunities for both applied research or basic biomedical science.   We have researchers working in reproductive and developmental biology, animal health and welfare, nutrient management, genomics, bioinformatics, and bone and joint health in beef cattle, swine, poultry and dairy animals.  For an overview visit our research programs section to learn more about each of the programs or fill out an application for graduate school.

If you own animals and need our help we have experts in many different areas or can help you find someone to help you.  Our Extension Areas of Expertise teams can help you in many aspects of Animal Management.  If you are under 21, we have lots of animal opportunities for you.

The Department of Animal Science is committed to providing you with a quality experience.  Below is a listing of our Mission, Vision & Values.

If you have any questions or comments or would like additional information, we would be happy to help you.  Just e-mail us at:  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  Departmental Chair Bulletins are available to find out information about Animal Science.

Mission: Advance agriculture using multidisciplinary approaches to generate, teach, disseminate and apply knowledge in animal biology and management.

Vision: Our scholarship encompasses innovative research, development of successful graduates, and engagement of stakeholders to integrate and apply relevant knowledge.


We value the land-grant mission upon which Michigan State University was founded.

We value environmental, economic and social sustainability of agricultural systems.

We value innovative programs that integrate teaching, research and extension.

We value equally the scholarly contributions of teaching, research and extension.

We value a balanced commitment to teaching, research and extension.

We value communication and partnerships with our agricultural stakeholders and the broader community.

We value external and internal peer review.

We value accountability to our stakeholders.

We value accessibility of agricultural animals for experiential learning and research.

We value a collegial atmosphere that contributes to the personal well-being and professional development of faculty, staff and students.

Adopted December 19, 2002

Department of Animal Science By Laws (May, 2013)

Janice C. Swanson, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of Animal Welfare
Department of Animal Science
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824