Animal Sciences

About Animal Sciences

Mission and History

Our contribution to CSU’s land grant mission lies in our service to Colorado’s livestock animals and industry. Our educational and research programs are dedicated to enhancing both horse and food animal health and productivity and are grounded in environmental and animal welfare practices.

Our Mission: The Department of Animal Sciences has the unique mission of serving Colorado’s large and diverse livestock industries. Research, teaching and extension outreach activities in the Department of Animal Sciences 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 History: The fact that we have graduated over 7,000 students who have had a positive impact on the livestock industry generates an expectation for the future graduates from CSU. We have developed a reputation for serving the beef cattle and equine industries, as well as food safety and animal care. We are now expected to continue to provide information, train, and educate students that serve this great industry. As a Department we have been problem solvers and our students continue to reflect that attitude. Because we are a Land Grant Institute, we are the people’s university with programs to solve real life problems and to train students that will make positive contributions to society.

Livestock Leaders

Beginning in 1960, the Department initiated an annual award to honor an outstanding individual in the livestock industry. The designation was called the Stockman of the Year, and a portrait of the individual was hung in the Animal Sciences Building. This award was last presented in 1976. In 1986 a similar award was initiated and termed the Livestock Leader Award. This award is presented at a social held in conjunction with the National Western Stock Show.

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Outreach Areas

We are deeply connected to our industry partners and maintain several programs connecting our department to our community both locally and globally.