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


    Dr. Mireille Arguelles-Ramos has received a grant from the United Sorghum Checkoff Program for a project entitled "Determination of amino acid digestibility coefficients in broiler chickens fed modern grain sorghum varieties". Her co-investigators on the project are Drs. Richard Boyles (Plant and Environmental Sciences), Jim Strickland (Animal and Veterinary Sciences), and William Bridges (Mathematical and Statistical Sciences).

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!  to former AVS MS student, Kris Murray Gamble, for winning an Early Career Scientist Award for their MS project paper that was published in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior.

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!  to the WAVS Leadership  WAVS Leadership Team for winning an Of the Month award (Campus level) with the National Residence Hall Honorary.WAVS stands for Women in Animal and Veterinary Science and  the Leadership Team is responsible for creating a calendar of events (service events, RA events, Lifeguard/Little events, tutoring sessions, etc.) and working together to ensure that the women in the Vet Science major are getting access to the amenities that other women and men do not necessarily have access to. Congratulations to this year's Leadership Team!!!! 

    Lindsay Woodall

    Jade Briaud

    Jada Ford

    Grace Malla

    Betsy Hathcock

    Alanna Sindoni

    Haley Scarborough

    Madison Cales

    Madison Slane


    CONGRATULATIONS!!!  to the Clemson University Dairy Science Club that successfully participated at the 15th Annual Southern Regional Dairy Challenge. This year the competition was held virtually and hosted by the University of Florida. Sara Jayne Wint, Geneffer Sweatman, Kendall Richey and Hannah Culler did an exceptional job in the contest and placed 1st in their group.

    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!!! 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!! 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.




    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.