Program Description & Courses 

There are three areas of study concentration: General Animal Science, Equine Science and Pre-Professional. Our students have small class sizes and a family-like atmosphere. Animal Science is proud to offer its students multiple hand-on learning opportunities through classes and labs including:

  • Animal Behavior and Training

  • Comparative Veterinary Anatomy

  • Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies

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Student Organizations

There are many ways for Animal Science students to get involved. The Department is home to several different student clubs, which offer a chance to meet other Animal Science majors as well as learning and volunteer opportunities. 

  • Block and Bridle
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine Club
  • Livestock Judging Team
  • Equine Judging Team

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Scholarships and Financial Aid

There are many different ways to help cover the cost of a college education. The Department of Animal Science is proud to offer around 40 scholarships each year. There are scholarship applications available for all of our students, from incoming freshmen to seniors. There are also student job opportunities working in labs and at the university farms.

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Current Departmental Job Openings

The Department currently has two program technician positions available.  The first will be working with our new bacterial immunology/gastrointestinal and microbiologist, Dr. Zhao; the second will be working with Dr. Powell at the Beef Farm at Savoy. For more information and to apply, go to http://hr.uark.edu/careers/apply/index.phpRead More.


yan_huangHuang Joins Animal Science Faculty in Muscle Biology

Yan Huang has joined the Department of Animal Science faculty in the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences. Huang, assistant professor of muscle biology, comes to the university from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, where he was a post-doctorate research fellow.  Read More.



james_koltesNew Animal Science Faculty Provides Expertise in Genetics

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences Department of Animal Science has welcomed James Koltes, assistant professor of epigenetics to its faculty. Read More.




lensey watsonAnimal Science Student Chosen as National Junior Southdown Association Ambassador

Lensey Watson was recently chosen as a national ambassador for the American Junior Southdown Association. The AJSA ambassador program was started in 2007 to provide a way for juniors to become actively involved in promoting the Southdown sheep breed on a local, state, regional and national level. Watson is a senior animal science major with a pre-veterinary medicine concentration. Read More.




dr zhaoNew Animal Science Professor Seeks to Develop Prebiotics, Probiotics

The Department of Animal Science has welcomed Jiangchao Zhao to its faculty. Zhao, assistant professor in the area of bacterial immunology/gastrointestinal and microbiology, comes to the University of Arkansas from the University of Michigan where he was a postdoctoral fellow and a senior scientist. Read More.



October 30, 2015 - Animal Science Day 2015

There will be a haunted house, herding dog demonstration, games and costume contests for everyone in the family, including the dog! We will have demonstrations and activities featuring the Animal Science Department's horses, cattle and sheep! Admission is FREE and open to everyone! There will also be trick-or-treating in a safe environment! Schedule of Events and Times


October 5, 2015 - Moms on the Farm Tour

The tour will depart from the Pauline Whitaker Animal Science Center in Fayetteville at 8:30 a.m. The tour will visit Hart Dairy and Willow Springs Ranch, both in Prairie Grove. After visiting the farms, attendees will return to the Whitaker Animal Science Center for lunch and cooking demonstrations by the Arkansas Cattlewomen. Individuals who want more information or who want to attend the Moms on the Farm Tour should contact Janeal Yancey at jws09@uark.edu or at 870-688-4247. The tour is free, but space is limited.