Department of Animal, Veterinary and Food Sciences
The Department of Animal, Veterinary and Food Sciences conducts focused, comprehensive and integrated research and teaching programs that directly support animal agriculture and food science. The animal and veterinary science bachelor’s degree offers four options: business, dairy, pre-veterinary and production. This allows students to tailor their education to their specific interests and career goals. All students benefit from access to gain hands-on experience at on-campus facilities like Vandal Brand Meats and the beef, dairy and sheep centers.
The food science degree teaches students the chemistry, biology and engineering of food so that they can develop new, innovative products and improve on food quality. The degree is a cooperative program with Washington State University, giving students access to facilities and faculty experts at two research universities.
AVFS also offers master’s programs in animal science and food science, and doctorate programs in animal physiology and food science. Students in these programs work with professors who actively conduct research on a variety of topics and customize their programs based on research interests.
The range of expertise among AVFS faculty provides students with a diverse experience. Specialty areas include lactation biology, cattle reproduction, meat processing, meat quality, E. coli, grazing management systems, genetics, food processing, livestock genomics, wildfire smoke impact on cattle, ruminant nutrition, fish health and disease, food microbiology, food safety and more.
Faculty support Idaho’s producers through a variety of Extension programs, events and publications. The new Idaho Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment will allow researchers to address critical problems of worldwide importance, including water usage and environmental quality.
Vandal Brand Meats
This facility hosts the meat science laboratory and is a USDA inspected plant used for teaching, research and outreach. Learn about the meat products generated by our students.