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Prospective Students

Our graduate students are offered the flexibility to design a degree program that best meets their long-term career objectives.  Both MS and PhD students work closely with their mentor to identify courses and people that can facilitate completion of a research project while fostering a learning environment.  Mentors are available in the following disciplines; 

Our faculty  facilitate research on normal and abnormal behavior in pets and production animals, and on feasible welfare improvements in shelter animals, and animals in industrial production    

Our faculty study all aspects of genetics ranging from genome modification using CRISPR/Cas systems to traditional QTL discovery for improved performance.  

Animal and Poultry Sciences is home to a premier group of neuroscientists with research programs in appetite control and neurochemical regulation of behavior.  Scientists in the graduate program also are participants in the VT School of Neuroscience.

Research faculty specialize in ruminant and non-ruminant nutrition with an emphasis on fetal growth, environmental impact and mitigation of stress.  

A large number of multidisciplinary research programs exist in APSC with faculty interests in environmental stress, endocrinology, muscle physiology and immunology. 

Virginia Tech is home to a core group of scientists studying several aspects of reproductive physiology and embryology.  Research programs range from estrus synchronization and oocyte competency to placental biology and large animal transgenetic model development.