Welcome Future Animal Science Graduate Student!

Meet our Graduate Director, Graduate Committee, Graduate Research Faculty and Current Students!

Congratulations on taking an important step to learn more about opportunities for career advancement through the pursuit of graduate studies at The University of Tennessee in the Department of Animal Science!  Because Animal Science is such a diverse and fascinating blend of applied and basic life sciences, a unique attribute of our program is the ability to tailor graduate degree programs to achieve a diverse array of career goals.  As proof, our MS and PhD programs have alumni located all over the world, enjoying careers as leaders in government, academia, and in animal and biomedical industries.  

As a graduate student enrolled in our program you will have the opportunity to engage in research related to animal physiology (e.g., ruminant and monogastric nutrition, reproduction, and stress) or health and well-being (immunology, genomics, microbiology, pre-harvest food safety or behavior).  Our programs emphasize the importance of experiential “hands on” learning with different animal species, including beef and dairy cattle, poultry, swine, sheep, and to a lesser degree, companion animals or rodent models. Also, depending on interests a limited number of opportunities may be available to travel abroad. 

Be assured that our graduate research faculty (one of which would serve as your graduate mentor) will challenge you to be the best (i.e., beyond what you think is possible) while providing you the environment and opportunities to expand your knowledge and creative and scholastic abilities.  This along with personalized efforts to enhance or refine your communication skills will go towards ensuring your competiveness for top-ranked positions after completion of your graduate program.  

Should you decide to apply, please review admission requirements and application procedures carefully as the success of your application is dependent on information contained within.  To get informed of tuition and fees, student loan information, part-time employment opportunities, among other items to learn more about pursuing graduate studies at The University of Tennessee in the Department of Animal Science quick links are provided to the right of screen.  In addition, the article entitled “The importance of stupidity in scientific research” is a must read for future students.   

We thank you for your interest in our program. Please don’t hesitate to contact us should you want to learn more about us!  Ms. Denice Milligan coordinates scheduled visits.