Animal Science Department

The use, care and treatment of animals

The animal science department in the William H. Darr College of Agriculture supports academic and professional pursuits in agricultural fields that focus on the care, treatment and use of animals. From livestock to horses, the animal science department blends classroom learning with hands-on experiences working with the College’s cattle and horses.

Our undergraduate programs provide a comprehensive education that includes both the business and technical aspects of animal care, nutrition and breeding.

Undergraduate programs

Animal science

Gain a deep understanding of animal industries, from horses to beef and dairy.

Equine science

Explore the business and science of horses.


Start on the path toward veterinary school. Protect and care for the health of animals.

Certificates and minors

Companion animal management certificate

Build hands-on experience working with pets.

Companion animal science minor

Discover the science behind pets.

Equine studies minor

Train and care for horses.

Ranch management minor

Grow crops, raise livestock and handle resources.

Graduate program

Ranch management certificate

Oversee ranch activities and fix issues.

Facilities and resources

Utilize the state-of-the-art laboratory facilities at the Darr Agricultural Center and the cattle operations at Journagan Ranch to develop your practical agriculture skills while gaining valuable work experience.