Undergraduate Program

Animals have important roles in human societies including the provision of food and fiber, draft power, recreational and athletic activities, and companionship. Their interactions with humans have environmental consequences with local and global impacts. In addition, the processing, preservation, and quality of animal-derived foods are of significant economic and safety importance.

Undergraduate Program in Animal Sciences

Read the fact sheet on the Animal Science degree program.

The Department has a diverse undergraduate program that provides training for students interested in a wide variety of careers.

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences degree can choose one of the following three Study Options:

  • Animal Industry
  • Food Industry
  • Pre-Professional


  • Equine
  • Dairy
  • Livestock

All Animal Science undergraduate students must fulfill the academic enrichment requirement prior to graduation

Undergraduate Program in Food Sciences

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Food Science degree can obtain more information at the Food Science Undergraduate Program site.

Graduate Program

The Graduate Program in Animal Sciences aims to train students who are able to function in a variety of sophisticated academic, industrial and professional settings. Students enroll in a Master's or Doctoral program under the direction of faculty advisors. Research work in the broad areas of nutrition and management, reproductive and lactational physiology, genetics, and nutritional/anaerobic microbiology may be conducted with beef cattle, dairy cattle, horses, poultry, sheep, swine or laboratory species either individually or in suitable combinations. Students with interests in foods may specialize in meats, dairy products, food microbiology, muscle biology, or food chemistry.

Pre-Veterinary Medicine Advising Program

While housed in the Animal and Food Science Department, the Pre-Veterinary Advising Program provides advice and assistance to any University of Kentucky student interested in attending veterinary school. This program prepares students to meet requirements for veterinary schools across the United States by providing them with up-to-date information and opportunities. Dr. Dwyer and Ms. Tebeau work closely with students to help them prepare a competitive application to veterinary school.

For more information please visit the Pre-Veterinary Medicine Homepage –

Academic Enrichment Experience