Welcome to Animal Sciences


STAR Registration Information for Incoming Freshmen, Fall 2015


Study Abroad Opportunity at the University of New England, Armidale, Australia - Animal Production Plan of Study


Two Judging Teams won competitions in November:

The Purdue Livestock Judging Team won the National Collegiate Judging Contest at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville.

The Purdue Animal Welfare Judging Team earned 1st place at the 14th annual International Animal Welfare Judging/Assessment Contest held at Michigan State.

Congratulations to both teams!


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Video Departmental Update by Alan Mathew, Professor and Head (8/25/15)
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Haiti Photo

"Animals & Food Security Service Learning in Haiti" - The class that went to Haiti over Winter Break 2011-2012 has been hard at work raising funds and promoting their experiences. They gave a seminar on March 1, 2012 on lessons learned in Haiti, which was recorded (thanks to Dr. Radcliffe). They editied and created a video, which was submitted to the first-ever video competition sponsored by the American Society of Animal Science. View the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7tlWtWnqSU. The votes are in - the Haiti video placed 3rd in the competition and was recognized at the Joint Annual Meeting in July 2012! The three award-winning videos can be viewed on the ASAS YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/videosforASAS/videos.

​In 2009, Purdue started a "5 Students Who ..." series, to recognize students who are outstanding in many different areas. Several Animal Sciences students have been recognized. Read more about these outstanding Animal Sciences majors!


Video highlighting the need for a new Agricultural and Life Sciences building (updated 10/4/13) - Transcript 
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The mission of the Department of Animal Sciences is as follows:
The Purdue University Department of Animal Sciences provides leadership and inspiration to educate individuals to anticipate and effectively respond to challenges facing the global animal industries. Animal Sciences facilitates scientific research and technology transfer for efficient and sustainable production of high quality animal products with optimal animal well-being, enhancement of the human diet, and advancement of sound environmental practices.

The vision of the Department of Animal Sciences is very simple. We desire to be the "place to go" for the citizens of Indiana and beyond for knowledge in animal sciences. This includes students, traditional commodity groups, government, consumers, and many others.

Our shared or common goals are:

  • to provide students with a rigorous and relevant education thus prepared for a lifetime of learning;
  • to achieve scientific preeminence in selected areas, and be able to develop teams to find and solve real problems in a real world; and
  • to meet the needs of clientele making the best use of emerging technologies.

The faculty have expertise in the disciplines of growth and development, nutrition, breeding and genetics, physiology, management, and animal well-being and behavior. In addition, USDA personnel in the area of animal behavior are adjunct faculty members. The Department Head is Dr. Alan Mathew.

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Links to Species Pages (or click in the image above):
Beef Cattle - Dairy Cattle - Goat - Horse - Poultry - Sheep - Swine

The Department of Animal Sciences is part of the College of Agriculture. For information about Veterinary Medicine, please visit the web site of Purdue's College of Veterinary Medicine.


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