About Us


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


Our more than 7,000 alumni have had a positive impact on the livestock industry, setting a high standard for future Animal Sciences graduates. Our reputation of service to the beef cattle and equine industries, as well as high standards for food safety and animal care, set a precedent that we will continue to provide information, train, and educate students that serve this great industry. Because of our land-grant mission to serve, our programs solve real life problems and train students to be problem-solvers who make positive contributions to society.

Livestock Leaders

Since 1960, the department has honored outstanding individuals in the livestock industry with an annual award. The Livestock Leader award, originally called Stockman of the Year, is presented at a social held in conjunction with the National Western Stock Show.



World-class facilities enhance our students’ educational experiences. Many of our arenas and laboratories also serve as our classrooms where our students are building their skillsets for future careers.

Therapist walking with client next to therapy horse
Kim Stackhouse Lawson giving lecture in barn

Outreach and Engagement

We stay connected to Colorado through engaged collaboration, cooperative extension and industry and community partnerships. Many of our outreach and engagement programs are long-lived student-led enterprises that are well-known in communities around the state. Learn more about how Animal Sciences is impacting our local, state, and global communities.