Our Grand Challenges
Make a difference by learning about solutions to these grand challenges through our curriculum.
The Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences is the home of undergraduate and graduate programs in animal sciences and dairy science. It has a long and proud history of groundbreaking discoveries in animal nutrition, physiology, genetics, management and muscle biology, which are coupled with excellence in the emerging fields of animal welfare, digital agriculture, and animal biologics to generate new knowledge and solve practical problems. The department is interdisciplinary, and the interests and skillsets of our faculty and graduate students range from molecular biology to machine learning. Virtually all of our work happens in a biological context, with an eye toward advancing our understanding of animal biology, improving the lives of domestic animals, enhancing the sustainability of animal agriculture, and improving human health and nutrition.
Ranked among the top U.S. research universities by the National Science Foundation, UW–Madison’s Big Ten benefits complement the small-school atmosphere experienced by Animal Science and Dairy Science majors.
Our undergraduates participate in all kinds of “beyond the classroom” experiences during their education. A high percentage of students complete an internship or field experience and over half complete a mentored research project. UW–Madison’s proximity to farms, agribusinesses, and events–such as World Dairy Expo, provides our undergraduates with unique networking experiences and valuable hands-on learning.
The Animal and Dairy Sciences faculty includes internationally recognized specialists in nutrition, genetics, lactation, reproduction, animal welfare, herd management and meat sciences.
Science related career opportunities include:
Lab manager; Research program manager; Research technician; Analytics; Quality control specialist; Communications or scientific writing; Patent law; Molecular genetics and genomics; Human fertility, embryo technician; Pharmaceutical research, clinical trials, or sales (human or animal side); FDA compliance, approvals, or research divisions; USDA compliance, approvals, grants, inspections, or research divisions; Human nutrition food testing or development labs.
Animal agriculture career opportunities include:
Veterinary medicine; animal nutrition and consulting; livestock reproduction; genetics and breed associations; herd management; laboratory research; information technology; agricultural Extension; business and finance; sales, marketing and agri-communications.
Kent Weigel, Professor, Breeding and Genetics
(608) 263 – 4321
Animal Science Contact
Liv Sandberg, Undergraduate Student Services Coordinator
(608) 263 – 4303
Dairy Science Contact
Ted Halbach, Faculty Associate, Dairy Management
(608) 263 – 3305