Animal and Veterinary Science

Mission and Values


Our Department’s mission is to provide state of the art instructional and research programs. The Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences (AVS) endeavors to train all AVS majors to understand and critically evaluate food animal and companion animal production, nutrition, health, and physiology. The depth and breadth of these programs will adequately prepare AVS students to compete for admission to graduate/professional schools or careers in Agriculture/Animal Science or allied industries.


It is the vision of the Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences to become:

  • An educational model for addressing the needs of diverse students who seek knowledge of the animal sciences and their allied industries
  • An innovative leader in educating students of diverse ethnicities and urban backgrounds about the animal science industry
  • A major contributor to the discovery, development, and transfer of technology

Core Values

In an atmosphere of cooperation, honesty and integrity, the Department is committed to the following core values:

  • Quality education attuned to the needs of the industry
  • Diversity of faculty and students that reflects merit and equity
  • Enrollment and retention of qualified students
  • Adequate facilities that support quality academic programs
  • Professional development and scholarly activity
  • A collegial environment that advocates academic freedom