Our Mission

Advancing animal agriculture for the betterment of society through science-based learning, outreach and research.

Our Vision

The Animal and Veterinary Sciences Department will be the preeminent animal and veterinary science program in the Southeast recognized for the positive impact on society by our students, research and outreach.

Our Goals

  • Educating for the Future: Educate students to think critically, communicate and apply scientific knowledge in the field of animal and veterinary sciences.

  • Innovating & Discovering: Engage a community of scholars to innovate and seek discoveries in the field of animal and veterinary sciences.

  • Engaging Stakeholders: Translate and relay animal and veterinary sciences information to society.

Students studying under Dr. Heather Dunn discuss their research on breast cancer using pigs:

  • AVS Announcements

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! A competitive grant proposal submitted by AVS alumna, Tina Rowland Kimmett, on behalf of Clemson University Livestock Poultry Health (CULPH) was approved for $34,630 in funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).  The National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program (NADPRP), established by the 2018 Farm Bill, received 64 proposals from across the country with over $15 million in funding requested.  The CULPH proposal was 1 of 39 approved by the Secretary to receive a portion of the $5.2 million funds awarded for the 2019 NADPRP Funding Opportunity.  The funding will help advance the capabilities of South Carolina’s animal, agriculture responders through training and exercises by focusing on animal diseases.


    CONGRATULATIONS!!! to Maslyn Greene, AVS graduate student, for receiving a new grant that was introduced this year — Student-Initiated Research Program (SIRP) by the South Carolina Idea Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence. The brand new SIRP program is designed to enrich the academic experience of students and to better prepare the future generation of researchers, investigators, and entrepreneurs throughout the SC INBRE network. SIRP awards support bioinformatics training for undergraduate or graduate students.  


    2020 American Dairy Science Association-Southern Regional Student Affiliate Division Annual Meeting hosted by Clemson University

    The Clemson University Dairy Science club hosted and achieved a great performance in several activities at the regional ADSA (American Dairy Science Association) conference in late February 2020. There were around 100 people attending the event from 10 different universities in the Southeast. This event was held at our beautiful Madren Convention center and showcased several of the amenities that Clemson has to offer. There were several activities which included a welcome BBQ with our Clemson grilled chicken courtesy of Dr. Glenn Birrenkott, oral presentations in dairy production, dairy foods, and original research, the traditional dairy quizbowl, invited speakers included Dr. Jean Bertrand and Dr. Tom Jenkins. There was a visit to the new automatic milking systems at the Lemaster Dairy Center and a visit to Newberry where Satterwhite Dairy welcomed all the representatives of these southern universities with a complete tour of their facilities. The event was a success and demonstrated the state-of-the-art facilities that Clemson offers along with amazing academics as reflected in the results of the different competitions awarded during the awards lunch (Results below).      

    CU Dairy Science Club

    Advisors: Dr. Matias Aguerre and Dr. Gustavo Lascano

    Honorable Mention; Semifinalist                      Clemson University

    3rd Place Chapter Scrapbook                          Clemson University

    3rd Place Website                                          Clemson University

    2nd Place Production                                      Haley Swett

    1st Place Original Research                             Camille Morris

    3rd Place Chapter Award                                 Clemson University


    CONGRATULATIONS!!! to AVS students Maggie Justice for receiving the annual CAFLS Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching, and Maslyn Greene for receiving the annual CAFLS Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Research.


    CONGRATULATIONS!!! to Dr. Chelsea Sinclair. She has been selected to receive the first annual CAFLS Faculty Award for Excellence Advising/Mentoring. Dr. Sinclair is one our Equine Business student advisors and teaches a host of Equine courses. She is also an advisor/mentor to our WAVS Living Learning Community students. In addition to teaching various Equine courses, Dr. Sinclair also teaches Contemporary Issues, Introduction to Animal and Veterinary Science labs and is the coordinator for the AVS Internship course. Thank you for your dedication to our students and department Dr. Sinclair!!!


    CONGRATULATIONS!!! to AVS Senior Aliute Udoka for being recognized as a 2020 Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship Award recipient. Ms. Udoka is a 2019 All ACC Second Team selection and is the first Clemson rower to earn the award since 2016. She will be studying for her Masters at Clemson in Animal and Veterinary Sciences. She will then pursue her PhD but is unsure in what field or where she will attend. 



    CONGRATULATIONS!!! to Dr. Glenn Birrenkott on his 42nd year of teaching in the Animal and Veterinary Sciences Department. Thank you for all you do for the students, faculty and staff!




    The Spring 2020 NPIP and Biosecurity Workshop will be held Saturday March 7, 2020 at the Clemson University Livestock Poultry Health Facility in Columbia SC. Registration form and agenda can be found here. Study materials can be found here.


    CONGRATULATIONS!!! to Camille Morris for winning 1st place with abstract #60 - Effects of exogenous glucocorticoid administration on leptin concentrations in perinatal dairy bull calves at the Southern Section of the American Society of Animal Science Annual Meeting held January 25-28 in Chattanooga, TN.



    CONGRATULATIONS!!! The Clemson University Dairy Science Club successfully participated at the 14th Annual Southern Regional Dairy Challenge held in Campbellsville, Kentucky in November 2019. Sara Jayne Wint, Geneffer Sweatman, Kendall Richey, Kameron Lavisky, and Hannah Culler did an exceptional job in the contest. Sara Jayne was part of the team who won 1st place in their division competition. Special mention to co-coach Monica Xilef Toledo Villafane for helping coordinate all the team activities and for her assistance before and during the competition.




    CONGRATULATIONS!!! To Dr. Heather Dunn for being a recipient of Coach Dabo Swinney’s All in Team Foundation grant. The mission of this foundation is to raise awareness of critical education and health issues in order to change lives of people across the state of South Carolina.



    CONGRATULATIONS!! Maslyn Greene, Jessica Britt and Maggie Justice made the cut to University Finals in the CAFLS 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) Competition. The final competition will be November 8, 2019 at 9:00am in the Watt Family Innovation Center. The winning PhD candidate will represent Clemson University in the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools 3MT competition March 5th-7th, 2020.


    CONGRATULATIONS!! Dr. Chelsea Sinclair was accepted into the University-wide Faculty Learning Community that will be focusing on Active Research: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. In this FLC, faculty from across the university will gather to discuss common challenges faced in the classroom, how to address these challenges, and how to appropriately measure outcomes. As a participant in this FLC, Dr. Sinclair will be designing a SoTL research project unique to Animal and Veterinary Sciences with the goal of gaining a better understanding of how to improve student success in our discipline, and presenting her findings at a national meeting.   

    CONGRATULATIONS!! Dr. Kristine Vernon has recently been promoted to Professor of Animal and Veterinary Sciences.  Dr. Vernon has been on faculty with Clemson University since 2004, where she has served in a variety of roles.  She currently is the Director of the CU Equine Center, SC 4-H Horse Program Specialist, teaches several courses in AVS and completes research in Equine Physiology. Congratulations to Dr. Vernon for being promoted to the highest faculty rank.


    CONGRATULATIONS!! Three of our AVS graduate students, Maslyn Greene, Jessica Britt, and Maggie Justice, all received a 2019 NIH-USDA Young Investigator Travel Award to present at the 8th Annual Perinatal Biology Symposium on August 24-27 in Snowmass, CO. 

    CONGRATULATIONS!! Mychaela Smith and Morgan Boss were selected to participate in an internship at the Daniel Holland Military Working Dog Hospital during Summer 2019. They worked with the hospital's physical therapy team to help speed recovery for military dogs with musculoskeletal and spinal problems.

    Mychaela Smith and Morgan Boss
    Amok Lasering
    Kapitain UWTM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! to AVS senior Shelby Smith, and her research team. They are working, by using swine, to determine the cause of the most aggressive form of breast cancer. Read the full article here.

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! to Jessica Britt for being named the CAFLS Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant (1st Place) and Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant (2nd Place). Pictured with Jessica below are her graduate advisor, Dr. Susan Duckett and AVS Dept. Chair, Dr. Kristine Vernon.


    CONGRATULATIONS!!! AVS faculty select outstanding seniors to represent each of our three concentrations annually.  Award winners were recognized at this year’s CAFLS awards banquet on April 12th.  Each college recognizes one award winner for the Blue Key award for scholarship and leadership, and this year’s college recipient was AVS junior, Molly Goldberg.  The AVS department is very proud of these award recipients and looks forward to following their bright futures.

    Outstanding AVS Seniors and CAFLS Blue Key Winner

    Winners listed from L to R:

    Kristine Vernon, AVS Chair

    Nathaniel Hinton – Outstanding ANAG

    Chandler Abrams – Outstanding PREV

    Ashley McVicker – Outstanding ANAG

    Peyton Svagerko – Outstanding EQUI

    Kensey Jones – Outstanding PREV

    Molly Goldberg – Blue Key awardee for CAFLS

    Amy Kowalski – Outstanding EQUI

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! The Clemson University Dairy Science Club successfully participated at the 2019 North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge held in Tifton, GA in March 2019. This year’s contest participants included 36 universities (240 students in total) from 29 different states and Canadian provinces. Sydney Simmons, Dorothy Smith, Benjamin Chamberlain and Amanda Poole did an exceptional job in the contest. 

    Special mention to co-coach Dana McCurdy for helping coordinate all of the team activities and for her assistance before and during the competition.

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! to the Clemson University Dairy Science Club who had a great performance in several activities at the regional ADSA (American Dairy Science Association) conference hosted by North Carolina State University in Late February 2019./p>

    Dairy Production presentation: Sara Jean Wint 1st Place

    Outstanding Chapter: CU Dairy Science Club 3rd Place

    Dairy Quizbowl: Semifinals (Sydney Simmons, Gayle Cunningham, Haley Swett and Kendall Richey)

    Regional Officer: Haley Swett, Secretary Treasurer

    Participated successfully in Dairy Foods Presentation, Annual Report, Club website and Club Scrapbook.

    The Clemson Dairy Science Club will be hosting the Southern Regional ADSA (American Dairy Science Association) Conference next Spring 2020

    Please congratulate this group of outstanding students when you see them!

    ADSA Advisor: Dr. Gustavo Lascano, Graduate Student Advisor: Dana McCurdy

    Clemson students study swine: in search of answers to breast cancer in a Bioinformatics for Cancer Genomics Creative Inquiry project. Read the article here.

    Student Affairs Talk: Spotlight on Senior AVS Student Jacob Crotts. Read the article here.

  • Newsletter

    AVS Watermark

    The AVS Corner is a student-driven newsletter published twice yearly to showcase the activities of students, faculty, staff and alumni of the Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at Clemson University. Our aim is to reach and reconnect with all those who are a part of our community. The first edition of the AVS Corner was published in May 2014 and it continues to be published semiannually. Check out the AVS Newsletter, AVS Corner.
  • Room & Equipment Use

    AVS Department Room & Equipment Use (Room requests must be submitted at least 24 hours in advance of the reservation.)

  • Histology Core Facility

The National Scholars Program is Clemson’s most selective academic merit program.National Scholars receive a four-year merit scholarship that covers tuition and fees; an allowance for room and board; and a summer group study-abroad experience after freshman year; as well as a range of intellectual enrichment opportunities and dedicated mentoring.

More information about the National Scholar Program can be found at https://www.clemson.edu/academics/programs/national-scholars/

Block & Bridle Honorary Members - The members of the Clemson University Block & Bridle Club organize and participate in a variety of social and educational events to promote all aspects of agriculture.