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Welcome to the department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences 

The Department of Animal, Dairy & Veterinary Sciences (ADVS) was created in 1977 to teach, research and extension in all species of farm animals, along with servicing responsibilities for the Laboratory Animal Research Center and the Utah Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (including the branch laboratory in Nephi). Through this program students participate in hands on learning, many observe surgeries and learn how to preform simple medical procedures on USU’s animals while under the supervision of faculty. Our students play a large leadership role in the Interdepartmental Toxicology Program as well. ADVS has very research-focused faculty, since it is home to the regionally recognized Caine Dairy Teaching and Research Center and the Institute for Antiviral Research. This creates an exciting educational atmosphere for ADVS grad students, allowing them to participate in hands-on learning and submit original work to competitions.

The Department of Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences (ADVS) strives to provide teaching, research, extension, and professional service to support the animal industries of Utah, the surrounding region, the nation, and the international community.

Our role in undergraduate education is to provide comprehensive training toward undergraduate degrees in animal science, dairy science and veterinary science. Advising is given in all areas of ADVS, to provide classroom, laboratory, and field learning experiences that incorporate the latest scientific principles and the application of these principles. Our goal is to provide career-related extra-curricular activities which afford organization and leadership experiences to our students. There is a wide variety of research programs within ADVS, including animal nutrition, breeding and genetics, molecular biology, reproductive biology, animal and dairy management, animal health related programs, and toxicology. Each of the three divisions within ADVS has one or more extension specialists that emphasize in, but are not limited to beef, dairy, equine, poultry, veterinary medicine, and toxicology. This diversity has allowed ADVS to provide services for a very large number of commodity groups, stakeholders, and other clientele both on and off campus.