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Prospective Students:    The animal science major offers you the opportunity to apply all of the core sciences to the study of animal genetics, nutrition, physiology, growth, and management. Although not a part of the the School of Veterinary Medicine, the animal science program is considered one of the premiere pre-veterinary degree programs.

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Animal Science at Cornell - printable brochure


To apply online, go to CALS Admissions


CALS Awards 2014

Elizabeth LeBow & Morgan Feldman, undergraduates, CALS Academic Excellence

Kimberly McHenry - Academic Excellence in a Double Major (Animal Science & Biological Sciences)

Jerrie Gavalchin - Donald C. Burgett Distinguished Advisor Award
Chosen by the Senior Class

Vimal Selvaraj - Professor of Merit
Chosen by the Senior Class

John Parks,
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Professor, has been awarded this year's CALS Edgerton Career Teaching Award, This award is to honor a meritorious faculty member who has, throughout a long and continuous career, provided outstanding teaching and advising for students.

Previous "kudos" awards
2011 Newsletter & Alumni News
Faculty Focus Articles
2012 undergraduate awards


Faculty Focus:

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Heather Huson, Assistant Professor

Welcome to our newest faculty member, Heather Huson. Heather comes to us from the Bovine Functional Genomics Laboratory of the USDA (Beltsville), where she worked as an animal geneticist. Heather obtained her PhD from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, with a dissertation on "Genetic Ancestry Modeling and Performance Association in Alaskan Sled Dogs." While obtaining her PhD, she conducted research within the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health. Her work identified associations between breed ancestry and performance and proposed the MYH9 gene as influencing heat-tolerance during racing.

At the USDA, Heather led the African Goat Improvement Project, a USAID Feed the Future initiative. She spent several weeks sampling indigenous goats in Kenya and Ethiopia and continues to collect samples from 10 other countries for genetic analysis. This is in an effort to characterize genetically distinct African goat populations for adaptation and production in community based breeding programs.

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Department News:

Amy Zhao, manipulates the body's own cellular mechanisms to produce cancer-fighting treatments with fewer side effects.
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Amy, an undergrad animal science major in the Class of 2014, was selected for a feature in the Business Insider magazine as one of the "19 Incredibly Impressive Students at Cornell".



Kirstin Torgerson '15, Animal Science student, leads effort to build dairy at Kenyan school.
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How many cows are you worth? It's a question frequently asked by the girls of the Jane Adeny Memorial School in Muhoroni, Kenya, whose dowries will likely be bovine.

Kirstin Torgerson '15 wants to help make cows even more valuable to the students and their communities by building a safe, sustainable dairy and teaching the girls how to make it successful. Read more in the Chronicle...

Contact Information:

For campus visits, interactive maps may be found at Campus Maps. Morrison Hall is located at the corner of Judd Falls Rd. and Tower Rd.

For Animal Science Department information, contact:
P.A. Johnson, Chair and Professor
149 Morrison Hall, Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
phone: (607) 255-5497