The Department of Animal Science, based within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, has a long history of teaching and research innovation for enriching lives through animals
The Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University was founded in 1896 as the department of animal husbandry. The department is based within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, a college that has been ranked by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) among the world’s top 3.5% of colleges of agriculture and forestry. The department, now 125 years old, serves all three aspects of the U.S. land-grant university mission: teaching, research, and extension. Forty-five faculty members, many of whom have been recognised nationally and internationally for their excellence, serve more than 1,000 undergraduate students and 62 graduate students through more than 50 undergraduate and more than 30 graduate courses. The department offers national and international study tours for its undergraduate students, 83% of whom are women and 11% of whom are multicultural. The department contributes to the Iowa State University focus on innovation, a focus for which Iowa State University was recently ranked by Princeton Review as the 11th best undergraduate educational institution in the US.
The Department of Animal Science employs approximately 120 students at the sheep, beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, poultry, and horse farms which are used for teaching, research, and extension. Construction is underway for a new turkey facility and new feed mill which will provide expanded opportunities for teaching, research, and extension. Graduate education opportunities are offered in animal physiology (including specialisations in reproductive physiology and ethology), animal nutrition, animal breeding and genetics, meat science, and microbiology.
The Department of Animal Science has four endowed chairs, four endowed professors, three distinguished professors, and two Fulbright scholars. Among its faculty members, some have 100% teaching appointments, whereas most have a teaching-research, teaching-extension, or research-extension joint appointment. Several patents, based on technology developed in the department, have been issued.
In 2020, department faculty members published 232 peer-review articles, garnered $8.24 M USD in grants, and reached 7,754 stakeholders through extension programs and workshops. There were 11,369 downloads of fact sheets and 856,339 web site views.