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CREAM cows
Pre-veterinary Dairy Science
Equine Science General Animal Science

Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences (ASCI)


ASCI Team "Paws for a Cause" raises over $1,400 for HSCC

ASCI Team Paws for a CauseThe Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences team, "ASCI Paws for a Cause" raised $1,405 for the Humane Society of Chittenden County, at the 21st annual Walk for the Animals event held on Sunday, June 14th at Battery Park in Burlington. Walk for the Animals is Vermont's largest dog friendly event and features a 1.25 mile walk through the heart of downtown Burlington. It was a beautiful sunny day for our faculty, staff, and graduate students to walk their dogs and, along with other teams, raise money for HSCC.  Thank you to everyone who supported our second place team; this year's event raised nearly $59,000 (and counting). for the Humane Society of Chitenden County.

Groundbreaking Ceremony at UVM's Miller Farm

ASCI Team Paws for a CauseThe Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new CREAM (Cooperative for Real Education in Agricultural Management)  barn was held on April 15th at 10:00 am at UVM's Miller Farm located at 500 Spear Street in South Burlington, VT. The Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Tom Vogelmann introduced Chuck Ross, VT Secretary of Agriculture, who spoke about the importance of a new facility for education and research at UVM, attracting students who represent the future of agriculture and the future of dairy in the state. Interim Chair of the Dept. of Animal  and Veterinary Sciences, David Kerr, spoke about what a great day it is for Animal and Veterinary Sciences to break ground on two new barns; the CREAM barn and a research barn. CREAM student, Eleni Casseri then spoke on how the farm has become a sanctuary from the stress of college classes and how she enjoys hugging a heifer when she gets to the farm.  Read article in Feedstuffs "UVM breaks ground for dairy farm renovation"

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
  • General Animal Science
  • Dairy Production

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