Department of Animal Science


The Department of Animal Science is recognized nationally and internationally for its excellent research, teaching, and extension programs in animal agriculture and animal biology. Our faculty members have received national recognition for the quality of their classroom instruction and attention to student needs and concerns.


Avian Influenza Continues to Impact MN and U.S.

May 4, 2022

Avian Influenza Continues to Impact MN and U.S. Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) was confirmed in Minnesota on March 26, 2022. The Minnesota Farm & Rural Helpline is available 24/7 for anyone who needs it. 
Phone: 833-600-2670
Text: FARMSTRESS to 898211

#UMNProud (again!) at the National Dairy Challenge® Contest and Academy

May 3, 2022

The University of Minnesota was well-represented at the 2022 National Dairy Challenge Contest and Academy held March 31 to April 2 in Green Bay, WI. 

Participants from the University of Minnesota included the national contest team composed of Leif Annexstad, Matthias Annexstad, Nick Seitzer, and Jacob Twohey; the national aggregate contest team composed of Greg Brosig and Kjersten Veiseth (along with two students from the University of Idaho); and the academy team composed of Awna Hirsch, Isaac Rott, and Zach Schilter. Dr. Marcia Endres coached the teams. 

Academic Quadrathlon team

March 29, 2022

The UMN Academic Quadrathlon team won the U of MN competition and went on to represent the department at the Midwest American Society of Animal Science meeting in Omaha, NE. The team was coached by Dr. Tony Seykora and included undergraduate students, Matthias Annexstad, Leif Annexstad, Riley Puck, and Mathew Strobel.