The Dairy Science teaching program blends traditional college coursework with hands on opportunities for students interested in careers in the dairy industry or in other animal science professions or moving on to veterinary school or graduate school.
Many students begin their work in dairy science as freshmen in Functional Anatomy of Domestic Animals. This course, in addition to Reproductive Physiology of Domestic Animals offered to upperclassmen, provides the framework for understanding the basics of dairy cows.
The Dairy Production course provides students with a basic knowledge and understanding of the management and production of dairy cattle in the United States. Laboratory periods provide an opportunity for the development of hands-on skills used in dairy production.
The upper level course Ruminant Nutrition and Metabolism teaches students the fundamentals of microbial fermentation and covers how these processes benefit the cow by supplying nutrients and detoxifying detrimental compounds in the diet. Lactational Physiology covers the fundamentals of physiology and metabolism involved in starting, maintaining, and stopping lactation