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Pre-veterinary Dairy Science
Equine Science General Animal Science

Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences (ASCI)


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.

Easter Egg Hunt at the UVM Horse BarnUVM Horse Barn Easter Egg Hunt

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The UVM Horse Barn invites children 10 and under to our annual fun-filled Easter Egg Hunt. Kids will look for candy and toy stuffed eggs in the horse barn, visit with horses, and have a chance to do crafts and get their face painted in our indoor arena. We are asking for a $3 donation per child to help cover the cost of this popular event. Please dress warmly if the weather is cold.

Parking will be at Gutterson (on west side of Spear Street just north of the farm) with a shuttle bringing attendees to and from the farm. Handicap parking will be available at the farm. Any questions, please email

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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