The Department of Animal Science was created from the then single unit of Agriculture in 1986. From the initial first degree (B. Agric.) programme, it has grown in infrastructure, number of students and staff population. It now offers M. Sc. and Ph. D. programmes. The Post Graduate Diploma in Animal Science commenced in the 2009/2010 academic session.
The Department is devoted to producing first degree and graduate students with an environment and opportunity to expand their knowledge and to develop their creative and scholarly abilities.
The Animal Science programmes are interdisciplinary and flexible to allow students focus their efforts in particular research areas, such as breeding, genetics, nutrition, production and physiology. We also explore a diversity of both basic and applied scientific approaches in a variety of animal species that are especially relevant to the tropics.
The goal of the Department’s pre- and post- graduate programmes is to assist young scientists develop abilities to assess and conduct valid scientific research that will facilitate the improvement of animal management and welfare in the tropics.