Animal Sciences

Animal Sciences Department Head

The College of Agricultural Sciences is Looking for an Innovative and Inspirational Department Head to Lead our Animal Sciences Program

The Department of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University is a diverse department committed to animal science and service. Animal Sciences is motivated by a commitment to improve stewardship for livestock and the land that sustains them through intentional discovery, inclusive learning and collaborative engagement. The department has a legacy of producing graduates with an industry-oriented, science-based education that prepares them for careers in animal agriculture and to meet the global challenges of tomorrow.

The Department Head leads a talented group of individuals, including 60 faculty members, more than 30 staff and nearly 1,000 students who work and learn in state-of-the-art facilities. The department’s base budget exceeds $5 million and total expenditures exceed $13 million.

The Department Head —

  • Serves as an advocate and leader for animal and equine sciences at CSU and with external constituents
  • Leads the implementation of the department’s strategic plan
  • Collaborates with a broad range of constituencies to steward programs that are innovative and impactful
  • Provides leadership for Colorado livestock and horse industries
  • Ensures excellence in scholarship, instruction, engagement, diversity, and inclusion
  • Conducts performance reviews of faculty and administrative staff, and form and administer the department’s budget


The College of Agricultural Sciences is pleased to announce three finalists for the position of Animal Sciences Department Head. On-campus interviews will take place take place in late April and early May. Candidate materials are linked below.

Patrick Doyle

Noa Roman-Muniz

Search Contacts

Jan Leach

Search Chair
Associate Dean for Research

James Pritchett

Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences
Director, Agricultural Experiment Station

The Department of Animal Sciences

Animal Sciences has the unique mission of serving Colorado’s large and diverse livestock and meat industries. Research, teaching, and extension outreach activities in the department focus on developing industry leaders and improving profitable production of food animals and horses through the application of science and technology, resource management, and food product enhancement. We emphasize addressing societal issues concerning food safety, product quality and value, animal care and management, and environmental impacts of animal agriculture.

Take a moment to review the Animal Sciences Strategic Plan.

Total Students

541 Animal Science Students

244 Equine Science Students

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Out-of-State Students


In-State Students


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Recent Accomplishments and Points of Pride

Recent News

Our People

Kim Stackhouse-Lawson

Director of Sustainable Livestock Systems Collaborative
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Craig Huffines

Director of Equine Sciences and Elite Bovine and Equine Genetics
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Dr. Noa Roman-Muniz

2022 CSU Best Teacher Award
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Temple Grandin

CSU’s 2023 Founders Day Medal
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Terry Engle

2022 Nutrien Distinguished Scholar Award

Our Facilities Support World Class Education and Research

With our research and education partners, we understand the importance of creating inspiring spaces to do our work and are committed to renewing and enhancing our facilities.


Equine Facilities

Animal Science Facilities

A Strong Community of Support


A leader for research in animal and ecosystem health while enhancing profitability of the supply chain. Serves as the crossroads for producers, industry partners and researchers to come together to innovate real-time solutions for sustainability in animal agriculture.

Beef Cutout Calculator

A collaboration between CSU and the Beef Checkoff that enables cattlemen to predict approximate sub-primal yields and cutout values of beef cattle.

Ranching Legacy Program

A partnership with the Cattleman’s Association that helps ensure beginning ranchers have the skills they need to be successful. Faculty member Ryan Rhodes leads the Beef University certification.

Pet Food Alliance

Focused on issues impacting the pet food and rendering industries. Meets annually to share ideas and advance working group projects.

Student Focused Programs

children petting horse

Youth Horsemanship Summer Camps

We offer two “away” camp sessions for horse enthusiasts during the summer break. This is a very popular camp and it fills up quickly. Be sure to register early to get a spot.

students and cow

The “Ram” Livestock Judging Camp

This three day judging camp is designed for 4-H and FFA members from ages 14-18. It’s a great prep for competitive livestock evaluation and developing oral communication skills.


Ram Country Meats

Our student run facility offers locally produced, high-quality meats for sale at competitive prices. We are proud to be a local food producer and show our customers where our food comes from.


sliced steak

Meat Judging Team Catering Services

A student-run and operated catering service that helps fund the CSU Meat Judging Team program and supports the supply and travel needs of the team.


CSU Rodeo Team

Holds practice for all rodeo events, hosts fundraising events, works to promote the sport of rodeo and sponsors and hosts the Skyline Stampede, the oldest collegiate rodeo in the country.

CSU Seedstock Team

Bolsters the CSU herd’s genetics and fosters hands-on learning for the cattle industry’s next generation of leaders.

Animal Sciences Events

International Livestock Forum

Hosted by the National Western Stock Show and Department of Animal Sciences.

Skyline Stampede Rodeo

March 31-April 2. The oldest collegiate rodeo in the country, in its 72nd year. 

Mainstreet Mayhem Jackpot

April 30May 1. A fundraising event for the CSU Livestock Judging Team.

Spring Branding Awards

Recognizes our outstanding students, industry supporters, and alumni.

AG Day

CSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences celebrates agriculture and the fall harvest season with the annual AgDay event.

Annual Beef Improvement Center Bull Sale

Department of Animal Sciences John E. Rouse Beef Improvement Center has an annual sale offering yearling bulls. 

46th Annual CSU Bull and Female Sale

We are offering age-advantaged and altitude tested bulls and females. This year we are offering Angus, Hereford, and Polled Herefords. 

Engaging Our State Webinars

A webinar discussing current topics in animal sciences.

Animal Sciences Department Head

We are excited to hear from you.