Clemson

Animal and Veterinary Science

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Introduction

The purpose of the Animal and Veterinary Sciences (AVS) graduate program is to provide a high quality education for graduate students with diverse goals, and to develop, through research, the knowledge and technology necessary to continually improve productivity, efficiency, and sustainability of animal agriculture. Students interested in a professional career in the animal sciences will be exposed to educational and research experiences involving the many facets of animal nutrition, physiology, microbiology, genetics and meat science through a rigorous curriculum of graduate-level courses and challenging experimentation approaches. The most current ideas and concepts in animal sciences will be provided to the students through their daily interactions with the faculty in both the classroom and laboratory environments. All students will be required to use the most relevant experimental methods and techniques in answering questions to improve the understanding of animal biology in an effort to provide society with quality food products that enhance people’s lives.

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More information can be found in this graduate handbook.


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Program of Study

The graduate program in AVS offers MS and PhD degrees, which generally require two and three years minimum residence in the program, respectively.

MS: The Master of Science in AVS program requires that you complete a core set of graduate-level courses in animal science, biochemistry and experimental statistics in addition to the courses recommended by your advisory committee. You will also be required to complete a thesis project and defend the thesis in an oral exam.

PhD: The PhD in AVS program requires you, in addition to any course work, to successfully pass a set of written exams and an oral comprehensive exam prior to completion of your dissertation research. The dissertation defense is a final oral exam.

The purpose of the AVS graduate program is to provide a high-quality education and to develop, through research, the knowledge and technology necessary to continually improve productivity, efficiency and sustainability of animal agriculture. If you are interested in a professional career in the animal sciences, you will be exposed to educational and research experiences involving the many facets of animal nutrition, physiology, microbiology and genetics through a rigorous curriculum of graduate-level courses and challenging experimentation approaches. The most current ideas and concepts in animal sciences are provided to you through your daily interactions with the faculty members in both the classroom and laboratory environments. You will be required to use the most relevant experimental methods and techniques in answering questions to improve the understanding of animal biology in an effort to provide high-quality food products that enhance people’s lives.

Facilities

You will have access to 12 laboratories that will expose you to the full array of laboratory techniques and equipment. These laboratories are equipped with bench space, hoods, centrifuges, autoclaves, spectrophotometers, chromatography units, cell culture incubators, histology microtomes, microscopes, PCR thermocyclers and other equipment typically found in wet chemistry laboratories. In addition, you will have access to five animal farms and the Godley-Snell Small Animal Facility. There is excellent cooperation with faculty members in other departments to allow you access to technology not found in the program’s home department. The main library maintains holdings relevant to the subject areas of animal and related sciences, such as nutrition, physiology, microbiology and genetics. Faculty members use the mainframe computing system for data analysis and storage. Each faculty member has access to at least one computer in his or her office. There are additional computers maintained in laboratories and in commons rooms in the department.

Research

Current research interests of the AVS faculty can be found at: http://www.clemson.edu/cafls/departments/animal_vet_science/faculty_staff/faculty/index.html

Our Students

Students currently enrolled in AVS have academic backgrounds in the animal sciences, biological sciences and microbiology. Generally, the students have a strong interest in working with domestic animals in order to improve the productivity of these animals as agriculturally important commodities. The program strives to have 15 to 20 students enrolled at any given time (MS and PhD students combined). Of the 14 graduate students currently enrolled, nine are full-time and 10 are women. Fourteen percent of the students in the program are international students.

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Application Information

Currently, we only accept students into our graduate program who already have a graduate advisor who is willing to mentor them in the graduate program. We have limited openings, so there is no reason to apply to the graduate school unless you have already contacted one of our faculty members and they have offered to accept you into their program. I suggest you look at our departmental website to see the research interests of our faculty and contact them directly.

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Financial

There are some departmental teaching assistantships available on a competitive basis. Research assistantships are available through grant support of individual faculty members in the department. You may also apply for fellowships offered through the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences. Occasionally, work is available on an hourly basis in laboratories and at the animal farms.

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Program Contact(s)

  • Stacey Miller
  • Office: 129 Poole Agricultural Center
  • Phone: (864) 656-3428
  • Email: smille3@clemson.edu

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