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Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences Facilities



Our department facilities include over 30 research laboratories on campus, and at local and regional animal research facilities. There are research herds and flocks of beef and dairy cattle, sheep, and swine housed close to the University. There are additional research units housing beef cattle, sheep, and turkeys located throughout the state.

Research in the department is funded by a multimillion dollar budget derived from support by the Utah Agricultural Experiment Station, and by substantial outside contracts and grants. Cooperation with other departments and research centers of the University and with federal collaborators enhances the ADVS research and graduate programs. Significant in this regard are the University Center for Integrated Biosystems, the Utah State Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratories, the Laboratory Animal Research Center, the Center for Environmental Toxicology, the Center for the Genetic Improvement of Livestock, and the USDA Poisonous Plant Laboratory.

The ADVS department conducts a broad range of basic and applied research in the areas of:
  • Animal health
  • Animal nutrition
  • Animal reproduction
  • Cytogenetics
  • Livestock and dairy management
  • Molecular genetics
  • Parasitology
  • Toxicology
  • Virology

Veterinary Science and Biology Building


5600 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-5600


The third floor of the Veterinary Science and Biology building (VSB) contains four fully equipped microbiology laboratories (including BSL-3 facilities), a cell culture laboratory, a drug preparation laboratory, and a glassware sterilization/preparation room. These facilities are shared by the Department's microbiology, parasitology, and virology programs. The first floor contains three additional microbiology laboratories used by the parasitology, toxicology, and virology programs, and an electron microscope facility.

The older section of VSB contains laboratories for antibacterial, antifungal, and scrapie research programs. Several rooms are used for the storage of research supplies. The building is located North of the Biology and Natural Resources building.

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Center for Integrated Biosystems


4700 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 8432-4700


The Center for Integrated BioSystems (CIB) was created in 1986 as a Center of Excellence for the State of Utah to promote biotechnology education and research, and to support technology development and transfer. Education and outreach programs provide training and technical information for researchers, government agencies, Extension faculty, and teachers. In addition, each summer the center hosts a week-long research experience that pairs a limited number of high school juniors and seniors with USU researchers involved in work at the center.

Service laboratories provide essential products and services to support biotechnology research, and include DNA and protein synthesis and sequencing and antibody production. The center houses research laboratories for faculty and their students from a variety of academic disciplines. Among these are members of the ADVS Department who have expertise in animal molecular genetics, viral disease diagnostics, reproductive physiology and embryo cloning.

Equipment in the laboratories includes centrifuges, tissue culture and bacterial incubators, electrophoresis gel systems, thermal cyclers, a pulse field gel apparatus, an X-ray developer, a transilluminator with camera, ultra cold freezers, microinjection instruments coupled to a Nikon inverted microscope with phase contrast and Hoffman optics, equipment required for forging glass microtools. The CIB has a completely equipped dark room and several tissue culture rooms. In addition, there are animal holding rooms which serve as an extension to USU's Laboratory Animal Research Center. The center is located west of the Merrill-Cazier Library.

Director of the CIB: Chris Davies

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Center for Integrated BioSystems Website

Laboratory Animal Research Center


5600 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-5600


The Laboratory Animal Research Center (LARC) was constructed in 1970 and expanded in 1987. In 1991, a satellite facility was added in the new Biotechnology building. The LARC has been accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care since 1986. The LARC facilities have over 12,000 square feet of floor space and consist of 20 conventional animal holding rooms and service areas including office, classroom, quarantine, storage, laundry, restroom, mechanical rooms, two procedure rooms, and two laboratories. All laboratory animals used in research on campus are housed in this facility or the satellite facility in the Biotechnology Center. The Center also has a Biological Safety Level 3 (BSL-3) suite consisting of three animal rooms and four laboratories. The LARC has a separate ventilation system which utilizes 100% outside air. Temperature and humidity are monitored daily to help maintain the desired environmental controls for the various species housed in the Center.

The LARC is staffed by a director and veterinarian, a supervisor, a secretary, and several animal care technicians.

The primary goal of the Center is to provide animal care which exceeds minimum standards that have been established for laboratory animals. Animal care within the Center is in accordance with "The Animal Welfare Act", PHS "Policy on Humane Care and Use of Animals" and DHEW "Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals". This building is connected to the Vet Science and Bacteriology building.

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LARC Website

Veterinary Diagnostic Lab

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950 East 1400 North
North Logan, Utah 84322-5700




The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories, supported both by the State of Utah and by USU, provide laboratory service in animal disease diagnosis for Utah and adjacent states. The main facility is the Ross A. Smart Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, located on the campus at Utah State University. The facility was completed in December 1994 and is considered "state-of-the-art" for animal disease diagnostic services. The building contains a large necropsy room for handling any species of animal; laboratories for conducting histopathology, serology, bacteriology, virology, toxicology, and biotechnology relating to veterinary diagnosis; and rooms for supporting auxiliary services. There is an electron microscope suite, a large capacity animal incinerator, and temporary holding areas for animals.

A branch of the main facility is located in Spanish Fork, which provides convenient access for patrons from the central and southern parts of the state.

Central Utah Branch Laboratory

514 West 3000 North
Spanish Fork, UT 84660

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Veterinary Diagnostic Lab Website

Animal Science Farm

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3580 South Hwy 89-91
Wellsville, Utah 84339


The main Animal Science Farm is located south of Logan. It provides facilities for beef cattle, sheep, and swine. Pastures and some winter housing for beef cattle are in northwest Logan. Spring calving is at our Richmond site, about 20 miles north of Logan. For beef cattle, the main farm provides 10 pens for groups of animals, 32 individual pens for feeding trials, and several pastures for growing out animals. The sheep unit provides group facilities for three breeds of sheep plus pastures and lambing facilities. The swine facilities provide farrowing, grow out, group pens, and individual feeding units for swine. Facilities also include a home for the farm manager, a pavilion for teaching and extension activities, and handling facilities for the various species of livestock. This farm is located at 3580 South Hwy 91, between Young Ward and Wellsville, Utah.

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Caine Dairy Farm

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4300 South Hwy 91
Wellsville, Utah 84339


The Caine Dairy Center is considered one of the nation's most modern dairy research facilities. It consists of:

  1. Headquarters building containing offices, classroom, meeting rooms, laboratories, computer facilities, and a library
  2. The dairy facility itself, which has a state-of-the-art milking parlor, a heated pavilion for judging cows and teaching, a 60-cowtie stall barn, a feed preparation and behavior research area, and a feeding research unit for 72 cows in loose housing, which has 8 stalls for research involving fistulated or catheterized animals
  3. Outdoor cow housing with a capacity of 128 animals (this area is equipped with meteorological instruments for continuous recording of climatic data)
  4. Heifer and dry cow housing
  5. Individual, portable calf housing hutches
  6. A waste-handling system and lagoons

Learn more about the  history of the George B. Caine Dairy Farm.

Matthew Hillyard Animal, Teaching and Research Center


3580 South Hwy 89-91
Wellsville, Utah 84339


The Matthew Hillyard building was dedicated on May 8, 2008. While buildings are not named for sitting legislators, Albrecht said university administrators felt strongly that State Senator Lyle Hillyard should be honored for his service to USU for securing the $10 million of state funds to construct the new building. In that spirit, Albrecht unveiled the sign for the new building: The Matthew Hillyard Animal, Teaching and Research Center. Matthew is the son of Senator Hillyard and his wife, Alice. Matthew, who has Down syndrome, helped cut the ribbon and officially opened the building to the applause of guests, including several of his siblings and their families.

One wing of the building includes a classroom, offices and several animal physiology and reproduction labs. There is also a suite of veterinary medicine facilities, including a lab, surgery, recovery, and animal holding areas. The building’s north wing houses another classroom, USDA-inspected meat lab, refrigeration rooms, and office space. In addition to the sizable legislative appropriation, Cockett said the project was a team effort, bringing together funding from the Utah Agricultural Experiment Station, Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences, USU Extension, and individual animal science researchers.

One of the building’s main classrooms is named after Mark C. Healy, former head of USU’s Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Science. Healy, who died of pancreatic cancer in December 2007, was a driver of the project and inspired everyone involved in its planning and construction.

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Agricultural Sciences Building

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4815 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-4815


The Agricultural Sciences Building opened February 29, 2012; 150 years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act, which established land-grant institutions in the United States.

The $43.1 million, 125,000-square-foot building was funded through the Utah State Legislature after approval in 2010 of Senate Bill 280. It replaces the existing E.G. Peterson Agricultural Sciences Building, constructed in 1953 on the Logan campus.

The north section of the building contains three stories of high-tech teaching and research labs used by students and faculty. It also houses new university-operated computer labs, classroom space, including lecture rooms and a 116-seat auditorium, student meeting rooms, and the new Café on the Quad. The south section is a four-story structure and houses the faculty and administrative offices of the College of Agriculture, USU Extension, and the Agricultural Experiment Station, as well as several centers, including Western SARE, Western Rural Development Center, and the USU Botanical Center.

The Building’s plaza near USU’s historic quad houses the College of Agriculture Memorial, which honors the students and instructor who lost their lives in a tragic van accident in 2005.

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