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Meet the Penn State Dairy and Animal Science Department Equine Science Faculty and Staff

Posted: June 15, 2011

Penn State University is a world-class university that provides challenging learning opportunities in a science-based curriculum. Students interested in domestic animal species have the opportunity to develop basic and applied knowledge in biological and physical sciences, nutrition, genetics, reproduction, physiology, economics, business management, agronomy, and animal product.  Students majoring in Animal Sciences have many opportunities for hands-on experience in animal facilities and laboratories, internships and other student employment related to the program, participation in teams and clubs, scholarships, and international study.  The Equine Science Minor is designed for students who wish to supplement their academic major with specific studies in equine science.   Each year our undergraduate classes are growing; currently more than 2,600 students are enrolled at Penn State in the College of Agriculture.  Over 400 students are studying Animal Science and 67 are furthering their education by taking the equine minor (the largest minor in the College of Agricultural Sciences).

Penn State has a long history of horse production at University Park. Horses produced through the herd are used to support the teaching, extension and research missions of the university. Pennsylvania’s equine population has increased by 50% between 1993 and 2005.  The equine industry will have an increasingly important role to play in farmland preservation and support of the agricultural industry.  Because of the continual growth of the equine industry in PA the equine team has established goals that will expand and strengthen the mission of the equine program at Penn State University The mission of Land Grant universities is to provide educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, and to conduct research and develop educational programs that can be made available to clientele throughout the commonwealth.