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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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Doctoral student Seidu Adams takes samples of gut bacteria from minibioreactors

POET Bioproducts Institute to transition research to marketplace

A new laboratory will bring researchers from South Dakota State University and South Dakota Mines together with industry partners to transition bench-scale bioprocessing and bioproducts research to the marketplace.

Natalie Hoyes Advising Students

Natalie Hoyes Receives 2021 Walt McCarty Advising Award

Natalie Hoyes, Professional Advisor in the Department of Animal Science at South Dakota State University, received the 2021 Walt McCarty Advising Award in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. 

Dakotaland Feeds LLC Named 2021 South Dakota State University Friend of the Beef Industry

Dakotaland Feeds LLC has been named the 2021 South Dakota State University Friend of the Beef Industry.