2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
    Feb 29, 2020  
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Animal Science

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources


F.N. Schrick, Head
J. Lannett Edwards,
Director of Graduate Studies

Brown, W.F. (Dean, AgResearch), PhD – Nebraska
Edwards, J.L., PhD – Florida
Kattesh, H.G., PhD – Virginia Tech
Kirkpatrick, F.D., PhD – Tennessee
Lin, J., PhD – Ohio State
Saxton, A.M., PhD – North Carolina State
Schrick, F.N., PhD – Clemson
Smith, M.O., PhD – Oklahoma State

Associate Professors
Kojima, C.J., PhD – Missouri
Pighetti, G.M., PhD – Penn State
Rhinehart, J.D., PhD – West Virginia
Voy, B.H., PhD – Tennessee

Assistant Professors
Ivey, J.L., PhD – West Virginia
Kerro Dego, O., PhD – Saskatchewan
Krawczel, P.D., PhD – Vermont
Mulliniks, J.T., PhD – New Mexico State
Myer, P., PhD – Purdue
Pohler, K.G., PhD – Missouri
Rius, A.G., DVM, PhD – Virginia Tech
Smith, J., PhD – Virginia Tech
Strickland, L.G., DVM, MS – Auburn

Assistant Professor of Practice
Prado, M.E., DVM, PhD – Oklahoma State

Research Associate Professor
Almeida, R. – Iowa State

Research Assistant Professors
Rispoli, L.A. – Colorado State
Zeng, X. – Tennessee

Johnston, L., MS – Middle Tennessee State
Mitchell, J.W., BS – Tennessee
Shanks, J.P., MS – Tennessee

Graduate Mentors
Edwards, Ivey, Kattesh, Kerro Dego, Kojima, Krawczel, Lin, Mulliniks, Myer,
Pighetti, Pohler, Rhinehart, Rius, Schrick, Smith J., Smith M., Strickland, Voy



Animal Science MS, PhD
Animal Science MS-DVM

The Department of Animal Science offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees with a major in Animal Science. Areas of research emphasis are physiology (e.g. ruminant and monogastric nutrition, reproduction, stress, and obesity) and health and well-being (e.g. immunology, microbiology, pre-harvest food safety and behavior). Programs emphasize experiential learning with animal species, including beef and dairy cattle, poultry, swine, small ruminants, and animal models for human disease. See the Department graduate program website for a listing of graduate research faculty and their specific research focus areas (https://ag.tennessee.edu/AnimalScience/Pages/GraduateProgram.aspx).


To be considered for admission, students must have at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale in a completed undergraduate degree program in Animal Science or related field, or at least a 3.0 GPA each term during the junior and senior years. Prerequisite courses with a grade of B or higher may be required if the applicant has insufficient background or less than required GPA.

Admission will be contingent upon evaluation of the applicant’s undergraduate or graduate grade point average, Graduate Record Examination scores, information provided by at least three evaluators, educational and career goals, relevant experience, and scores from the TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable. Applicants to the PhD program normally should have completed a M.S. degree with thesis before beginning the doctoral program. Final admission is contingent upon the applicant contacting and obtaining a commitment from a graduate research faculty member to serve as her/his graduate mentor (major professor). To the Office of Graduate Admissions submit online application, application fee, transcripts, and scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and TOEFL (if applicable). 

Student Responsibilities and Retention Standards

Students must be fully committed to their graduate program, participate in departmental and professional activities, and assume full responsibility for knowledge and compliance with rules and regulations of the Graduate Council and Department requirements stated in the Animal Science Graduate Student Handbook for their degree program. Retention is dependent on the student maintaining a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in graduate courses taken at UT and completing other milestones in a timely manner as outlined in the Animal Science Graduate Student Handbook (e.g. forming a committee, completion of coursework, submitting a research proposal, making progress in research objectives, and thesis/dissertation preparation).

Academic Probation

A graduate student will be placed on academic probation when the UT cumulative grade point average (GPA) falls below a 3.0 and at least 6 credit hours of graduate coursework have been completed, or when less than a C is earned in any course, or when given an NP grade in ANSC 500 or 600, or when withdrawing from courses without prior approval of the graduate advisory committee. Probationary status, due to withdrawing from a class without prior approval from the graduate advisory committee, will be removed at the end of a semester where the graduate advisory committee finds satisfactory progress toward degree completion. If deemed unsatisfactory the student will be dismissed. For doctoral students, coursework for the MS degree, whether taken at UT or elsewhere, will not be included in cumulative GPA calculations. A student will be allowed to continue graduate study in subsequent semesters if each semester’s GPA is a 3.0 or greater. Upon achieving a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, the student will be removed from probationary status. ANSC 511  and AGNR 512  credit hours will not be used in probation GPA calculations.


A graduate student on academic probation earning less than a 3.0 semester grade point average, or less than a C in any course, or NP in ANSC 500 or 600, or withdrawal from courses without prior approval of the graduate advisory committee may be dismissed from the program. Even if not on academic probation, other reasons for dismissal include failure to make adequate progress towards other degree requirements (e.g., research project, thesis/dissertation preparation), academic dishonesty (e.g., plagiarism, falsification of data), or other forms of gross misconduct as defined by the Office of Equity and Diversity, Human Resources, Dean of Students’ Office, Hilltopics or Graduate Council. Dismissal will be accomplished by written notice to the student with a copy to The Graduate School.

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources