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    University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    Feb 07, 2023  
2009-2010 Graduate Catalog 
2009-2010 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Animal Science

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Alan G. Mathew, Head
J. Lannett Edwards, Graduate Program Director

Godkin, J.D., PhD - Massachusetts
Heitmann, R.N., PhD - Maine
Hopkins, F.M., DVM - Georgia
Kattesh, H.G., PhD - Virginia Tech
Kirkpatrick, F.D., PhD - Tennessee
Lane, C.D., PhD - Tennessee
Mathew, A.G., PhD - Purdue
Moustaid-Moussa, N., PhD - Paris
Neel, J.B., PhD - Tennessee
Oliver, S.P., PhD - Ohio State
Robbins, K.R., PhD - Illinois
Saxton, A.M., PhD - North Carolina State
Schrick, F.N., PhD - Clemson
Smith, M.O., PhD - Oklahoma State
Associate Professors
Edwards, J.L., PhD - Florida
Lin, J., PhD - Ohio State
Pighetti, G.M., PhD - Penn State
Waller, J.C., PhD - Nebraska
Assistant Professors
Kojima, C.J., PhD - Missouri
McIntosh, B.J. PhD - Virginia Tech
Prado, M.E., DVM, PhD - Oklahoma State
Voy, B.H., PhD - Tennessee
Fisher, A.E., MS - Tennessee
Kriewald, R.D., MS - Texas A&M
Mitchell, J.W., BS - Tennessee
Graduate Mentors
Edwards, Godkin, Heitmann, Kattesh, Kojima, Lin,
Mathew, Moustaid-Moussa, Oliver, Pighetti, Robbins,
Saxton, Schrick, Smith, Voy, Waller
Animal Science MS, PhD

The Department of Animal Science offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy with a major in animal science. Areas of emphasis are animal physiology (ruminant and monogastric nutrition, reproduction and stress) and animal health and well-being (immunology, genetics, microbiology, and pre-harvest food safety) with orientation towards agriculturally-important species. See the department’s website for specific research programs. For additional information contact the graduate director.


For admission to the program, students must have obtained a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale (or a 3.0 each term during the junior and senior years) in a completed undergraduate degree program in animal science or in a related area. Applicants to the PhD program normally should have completed a master’s degree prior to beginning the doctoral program. In addition, applicants must submit

  • Scores from the general section of the Graduate Record Exam.
  • A completed animal science academic and personal information form highlighting educational and career goals and relevant work experience.
  • Completed animal science rating forms submitted by at least three individuals familiar with the applicant’s scholastic ability and professional potential.

Admission to the program will be contingent upon faculty evaluation of the applicant’s undergraduate or graduate grade point average, Graduate Record Examination scores, rating forms, educational and career goals, relevant work experience, and scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), if applicable. PhD students must be accepted by a major professor, chosen by consulting with the department head and faculty, before being admitted.  Prerequisite courses may be required if the student has insufficient undergraduate background. If the student has an unsatisfactory grade point average, acceptance may be on a probationary (non-degree) basis and a minimum of 9 hours of graduate course work must be completed the first term with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 for admission to the program.

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