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Department of Animal Science

Building the educational foundation for future leaders in the animal industry

Tomorrow's animal and natural resources industries leaders gain the educational foundation they need in the Department of Animal Science. These future leaders study under a dynamic faculty who not only teach but also set the pace with important research and aggressive outreach via Extension.

Throughout our curriculum, a student-centered focus allows ample room for growth and success, including scholarship opportunities and several enterprising clubs.

With our multi-disciplinary approaches towards production efficiency, product enhancement and natural resources management, both our undergraduate and our graduate students gain strong skill sets. Graduates of our program see career options unfold in a diverse and growing range of employment areas, from animal-related industries to natural resources management.

Many graduate students devise their own research, or partner with faculty in our many facilities and laboratories, to solve the challenges of 21st century animal agriculture and environmental stewardship.

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Veterans Affairs

Quilts of Valor distributed at SDSU

South Dakota State University was the site for six military veterans to receive a quilt of valor from Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary National President Jean Hamil. Tuesday afternoon’s ceremony was held at the university’s Medal of Honor Park.

Rosie Nold Awarded South Dakota State University Edward Patrick Hogan Award for Teaching Excellence

For her efforts in providing instruction to hundreds of students every year, coordinating the department’s undergraduate curriculum and many other contributions, professor of animal science and assistant department head Rosie Nold has been awarded the 2021 Edward Patrick Hogan Award for Teaching

Bob Thaler Awarded South Dakota State University Distinguished Professor Award

Recently recognized for his professional accomplishments at the South Dakota State University Celebration of Faculty Excellence, Dr. Bob Thaler, professor of animal science and SDSU Extension Swine Specialist, was presented as the 2021 recipient of the Distinguished Professor Award.