Earn a doctorate degree and become an expert in your research area of interest.

This program is one of the top-ranked animal sciences programs in the nation. You will work with world leaders in animal nutrition, reproduction, genetics, and bioinformatics to solve global human health challenges. Our faculty advisors will mentor you and customize a curriculum that aligns with your professional objectives. Areas of academic specialization include:

  • Genetics, Genomics, and Bioinformatics
  • Immunophysiology and Behavior
  • Meat Science and Muscle Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Nutrition
  • Production and Environmental Management
  • Reproductive Biology

Courses cover the theory and quantitative methods upon which advanced research and teaching in animal sciences is based. Many specialty area courses presume the knowledge gained in courses taken previously. Most students complete the course requirements during the first two years, leaving the subsequent years for dissertation research and writing. 

Graduates with a Ph.D. in Animal Sciences are equipped for positions in foundational and applied animal sciences at universities and colleges, with government agencies, and in agricultural and biotechnology industries. Areas of professional employment include:

  • Academia
  • Animal Behavior
  • Animal Breeding and Genetics
  • Animal Welfare
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biomedical Research
  • Feed and Animal Nutrition
  • Food Animal Production and Management
  • Pet Products and Services
  • Veterinary Medicine
PhD student working with test tubes in laboratory.
Students and professor working on digital imaging of animals on a computer.

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We require the highest standards of teaching excellence in our faculty members. Use this feature to help you find potential faculty advisors associated with your area of interest. Select an animal, discipline, or both to get started.


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