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The Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences strives to improve the performance, efficiency, and profitability of animal production while enhancing food safety, environmental quality, and animal well-being. Our department offers relevant programs in biotechnology, muscle biology, genetics, nutrition, and physiology that will enhance the production of domestic animals and provide rewarding careers for our graduates.  Graduates find a wide range of employment in science, agribusiness, animal production, and public service industries as well as receive pre-professional preparation for graduate school and veterinary medicine.       

The Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences, offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degree programs of study. Our department consists of nationally and internationally recognized faculty and a dedicated support staff.  Department faculty members, staff, and graduate student offices are located on the second and third floors of Litton-Reaves Hall on-campus.  Many of our courses are taught in classrooms and laboratories located on the first and second floors of Litton-Reaves. Research laboratories are located on the second and third floors of Litton-Reaves, with small animal research facilities located in the basement.     

The department maintains livestock herds and flocks for research and teaching purposes. The animals are maintained at six centers on-campus and at Kentland Farm, located 15 minutes  minutes from the university.  Considerable research is also carried out at the Middleburg, Shenandoah Valley, Southwest Virginia, and Tidewater agriculture research and extension centers. 

History of the Department

The Department of Animal Husbandry was one of the first departments established at Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1904 and was followed not long after with the formation of the Department of Poultry Husbandry in 1921. more >>


The Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences is located in Litton-Reaves Hall, which was constructed in 1981. more >>


Newsletter Spring/Summer 2015 (PDF | 3MB)