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Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences (ASCI)


Dr. Jenny Wilkinson receives Outstanding Faculty Woman Award

Jenny Wilkinson and her studentsDr. Jenny Wilkinson, Animal and Veterinary Sciences Senior Lecturer, was honored by the UVM Women's Center with the Outstanding Faculty Woman Award. Nominated by her students, Jenny teaches several equine related courses and manages the UVM Horse Barn Co-op. Congratulations to Jenny on winning this award.

Dr. Julie Smith receives the 2015 John C. Finley Award

Dr. Julie Smith receives the Finley Award The John C. Finley Award is presented annually to that person whose character, dedication to Vermont agriculture and education, and accomplishments most closely resemble those goals, ideals and achievements that were so important to John Finley, former Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture. Kate Finley-Woodruff presented the award to Dr. Julie Smith at the Dairy Farmers' Appreciation Banquet held at the 82nd Vermont Farm Show on January 28th.

UVM Horse Barn Easter Egg Hunt

UVM Easter Barn Bake SaleMembers of the Horse Barn Coop, Dressage Team, and EQUUS organized a fun-filled Easter Egg Hunt at the Ellen A. Hardacre Equine Center on Sunday, March 20th. Children 10 and under were invited to hunt in the horse stalls for colorful plastic eggs filled with candy or small toys. They also could visit with the horses in the outside paddocks, have their face painted, play in the obstacle course in the indoor arena, and do crafts.  Students did a wonderful job planning this event and we look forward to holding it again next year.

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What is Animal Science?

Students holding an alpacaIt is that aspect of Biology that deals with domestic animals. When studying Animal Science, students, with assistance from faculty advisors, develop individualized programs that lead to rewarding careers in a wide variety of occupations. These programs apply to farm, laboratory, zoo, and companion animals; their interaction with human society; and the contribution of animal products, such as milk and meat, to the world food supply. We provide the opportunity to obtain a meaningful Bachelor of Science degree that will serve the individual well in the future. Students in Animal Science may develop a program of study under one of four available options; pre-veterinary, equine, dairy, or general animal science. Read more about our Animal Science options.

Alpaca course in Ecuador

This video includes Alpaca behaviors that a student was able to capture on video while on UVM's Alpaca Husbandry Bootcamp trip. According to Sam Frawley, this is not even close to a conclusive list of behaviors, but simply shows a glimpse into some of their regular activity.

Pre-veterinary Student

ASCI Majors

Students in Animal Science may develop a program of study under one of four available options:

  • Pre-Veterinary Science
  • Equine Science
  • Zoo, Exotic & Companion Animals
  • Dairy Production

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