University of Vermont

Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences (ASCI)


Alpaca Husbandry Course in Ecuador

Students holding an alpacaThis course will permit students to become accomplished in the principal alpaca husbandry practices through daily work with a large alpaca herd. It will place alpacas, llamas and vicuñas in their historical and geographical contexts, and examine their potential as generators of income and environmental services. This course is offered during winter break (1/2/18-1/13/18) and is a four credit course.

Students are encouraged to be in good physical condition because the course involves some strenuous activity with the alpacas, as well as some hiking in mountainous terrain.  More info...

Ph.D. Student Opportunity - Animal Physiology

The Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at the University of Vermont is looking for two Ph.D, students in Animal Physiology, starting either in the Fall of '17 or Spring of '18. The students will engage in research in antioxidation, metabolic physiology and mastitis in the mammary gland of dairy cows. The candidates should have excellent academic records with a background in animal science, nutrition, physiology, molecular/cellular biology, endocrinology, or related field. More info....

What is Animal Science?

Barlow labIt 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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