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Animals

Beef Cattle

The University of Illinois has a long standing reputation for excellence in beef cattle research.
Our mission is to provide quality research and educational experiences for our graduate and undergraduate students. Our research goals are to enhance the quality of beef while decreasing the environmental footprint of production through research in a variety of disciplines.

Faculty Disciplines in Beef Cattle

Companion Animals

The Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois was the first in the U.S. to establish a program in companion animal biology, out of a desire to serve those students more interested in companion animals as compared with livestock or poultry.

Today, our Companion Animal Biology and Humane Education program provides training in the basic sciences of companion animals as well as the human-animal interactions that so strongly affect our lives and society.

Faculty Disciplines in Companion Animals

Dairy Cattle

The Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois is committed to meeting the challenges of the Illinois dairy industry and dairy farmers at large. Our focus is on dairy cow nutrition, reproduction, and the results of its combination. Our mission includes quality research and educational experiences for our graduate and undergraduate students and dairy producers around the world.

Faculty Disciplines in Dairy Cattle

Exotic Animals

The Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois is one of the few Animal Sciences Departments with active research involving exotic species. Our faculty members are engaged in research concerning both captive and wild exotic animals all around the world.

Faculty Disciplines in Exotic Animals

Horses

The Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois has a long tradition of involvement in the Illinois equine industry. Our Standardbred horse farm is located walking distance from campus and specializes in assisted reproductive technologies. The horse farm also provides outstanding learning experiences for our undergraduate and graduate students.

Faculty Disciplines in Horses

Poultry

For nearly a century, the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois has been engaged in ground-breaking research with poultry. Our program focuses mainly on nutrition, but also encompasses reproduction, genetics, health, and product quality. Our research goals are to enhance the sustainability of poultry production for producers, consumers, and the environment.

Faculty Disciplines in Poultry

Rodents

While not traditional Animal Science species, rodents serve as excellent models for both production agriculture and human health. Our faculty are actively engaged in research involving reproduction, development, immunology, nutrition, and neuroscience using rodent models.

Faculty Disciplines in Rodents

Swine

The University of Illinois has a long standing reputation for excellence in swine research.
Our mission is to provide quality research and educational experiences for our graduate and undergraduate students. Our research goals are to enhance swine production and profitability of the swine industry while safeguarding the environment.

Faculty Disciplines in Swine

Disciplines

Genetics, Genomics, and Bioinformatics

Molecular genetics, Genomics, Bioengineering, and Immunogenetics encompass the study of processes underlying the structure and function of genes and their influence on complex traits. Bioinformatics, quantitative and population genetics, and statistical genomics integrate phenotypic and genetic information at the molecular, cellular, individual, and population levels through advances in computer science, mathematics, molecular biology and statistics.

Immunophysiology and Behavior

The Immunophysiology and Behavior program is designed to understand how environmental stimuli impinge upon the immune system to affect disease resistance and how cells of the immune system, and their secreted cytokine gene products, interact with disparate physiologic systems to affect growth and development, nutrition and metabolism, neural pathways that regulate behavior, and health and well-being.

Meat Science and Muscle Biology

The meat science and muscle biology program is organized within the Department of Animal Sciences and is housed in the Meat Science Laboratory. The research program is focused on enhancing the efficiency of meat and meat animal production.

Microbiology

The microbiology program enjoys a rich history provides a strong foundation and training in basic and applied microbiology, biochemistry, molecular genetics, ecology, genomics, and physiology and metabolism of anaerobic microorganisms.

Nutrition

Nutrition encompasses research with swine, poultry, beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, dogs, cats and laboratory rodents. Much of the research with food animals is directed toward improving the utilization of carbohydrate, fat, protein and fiber for production of meat, milk and eggs. In addition, a substantial amount of the work done with chicks, rodents and pigs is experimental or conceptual in nature so that the results go beyond the species–specific answers to fundamental questions related to human health.

Production and Environment Management

Animal production research is primarily basic science discovery that impacts production outcome. Faculty that participate in production and management research use basic and discovery sciences in Animal Sciences applications. Research is done using many economically important species and incorporates novel treatments based upon new science discoveries and management methodologies. Thus, students have opportunities to learn and apply cutting-edge approaches and gain insight into the most current animal production and environmental management methods.

Reproductive Biology

The goal of this nationally-recognized program in Reproductive Biology is to understand the fundamental processes in reproduction and improve reproductive efficiency, when desired, or control or prevent reproduction, when reduced fertility is desired. Research in reproductive biology includes a broad range of species and incorporates whole animal experiments, cell and tissue culture techniques, and molecular biology and genetic studies. Thus, students have opportunities to learn and apply a multitude of cutting edge approaches to gain insight into reproductive biology and to solve important problems in reproduction.

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Meat Sales Room

From our farms to your table

Our sales rooms provide you with the best meat and eggs while training the future leaders of the food industry.

Offering fresh meat, sausages, bacon, eggs and more. Located at the south end of the Meat Science Lab. Free parking available.