Department Overview

We are excited about the good things happening in Animal Science! At the University of Wyoming we apply land-grant principles of learning, discovery and engagement for the benefit of students, consumers and clientele associated with animal agriculture. As the only four-year college in the state, we take great pride in providing our clientele with the most relevant, up-to-date information, whether that be in the classroom or in the field. We are proud to offer one of the most affordable Animal Science degrees in the U.S. Our students are trained to succeed after graduation thanks in large part to our scholarly, diverse, and highly sought-after faculty. The research being conducted in the department is relevant to our local community, state-wide constituents, and national animal industry. The intellectual information discovered and investigated in our department is dispersed to pertinent audiences, providing evidence of our commitment to disseminating information useful to our stakeholders. The mission of the Department of Animal Science is to facilitate the long-term viability of animal agriculture by conducting focused, comprehensive and integrated research, teaching and extension programs that meet the declared and/or assessed needs of Wyoming citizens.


The faculty members in the Animal Science Department at UW are well recognized leaders in their respective fields of study. Productive research by our faculty members, as well as our graduate and undergraduate students, is advancing the knowledge-base for disciplines such as livestock production – both beef cattle and sheep, ruminant nutrition, muscle biology, food safety and microbiology, reproductive biology, and meat science. Our research programs are committed to advancing the science of the animal industry and other closely associated fields.

The University of Wyoming Animal Science Department is home to 231 students making it the largest department in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Our department, in coordination with the Veterinary Science Department, offers one major (Animal and Veterinary Science) and 8 study options (Production, Pre-veterinary Medicine, Business, Communications, Range Livestock, Meat Science & Food Technology, Animal Biology and Equine) for students. In addition, we offer an emphasis area in the Agriculture Education and Agriculture Business programs. Beyond undergraduate education, we offer a Plan A (thesis) and Plan B (non-thesis) Masters program, as well as a Ph.D. graduate program in our priority areas of research. It is a priority to provide students with hands-on learning opportunities, which is why we promote lab-based learning and support four judging teams and ten student organizations. Of all colleges on the UW campus, ours offers the greatest number of scholarships to its students, making it affordable for students to receive a high-quality education.  

It is the ultimate goal of the UW Animal Science department to provide unbiased, research-based information to the state’s, region’s and nation’s livestock industries and consumers of animal products. We aim to do this through continuing education programs that focus on relaying relevant information derived from our scholarly activity. Our department is home for two beef cattle extension specialists who serve the cattle producers throughout the state. We have more recently brought a sheep extension specialist on board to identify and act upon the needs of the state and region’s sheep producers. Each of these extension specialists also work in conjunction with our meat extension program to provide a well-rounded approach to understanding the most pertinent concerns facing today’s industry. Because we value the involvement of youth, the extension efforts of the Animal Science Department are closely aligned with the mission of the state 4-H and FFA programs.

Our Goals

Fulfill the educational needs of students by educating them on issues facing agriculture and provide them with the tools to make informed decisions for their future and the future of animal agriculture. 

Provide continuing education programs for the livestock industries and consumers of animal products about new and emerging issues facing animal agriculture. 

Provide and teach a process of integrated management to optimize the use of all farm and ranch resources by fostering efforts within and among departments, industry and agencies to solve problems in animal agriculture. 

Develop animal production systems that are sustainable and either maintain or enhance our environment and renewable resources. 

Provide unbiased, research based information to facilitate problem solving in livestock production systems. 

Be aware of the ever-changing demands of animal agriculture and be a pro-active department in facilitating changes to meet those demands.

Research Groups

Center for the Study of Fetal Programming



Reproductive Biology



Livestock Production & Management Systems



Ruminant Nutrition



Meat Science & Food Technology



Sheep Production & Management



Developmental Biology



Muscle Biology



Texas Pregnancy & Life-course Health Research Center