Animal Sciences


Spanning the molecular to the whole-ecosystem, animal sciences covers the health, nutrition, reproduction and genetics of vertebrate animals. Research and teaching includes the health and management of wildlife, domestic and companion animals, and production animals in agriculture.

We are applying innovative technology and techniques to improve the health, welfare and productivity of all animals. In animal sciences, we have international leaders in companion animal health, genetics, welfare, and behaviour research.

Specialist areas in animal sciences include genetics and genomics, animal welfare, animal physiology, parasitology, microbiology which impacts vertebrates, veterinary pharmacology, animal biochemistry, wildlife population management, zoonoses, veterinary epidemiology, production animal care research, animal husbandry, computational biology, systems biology, nutrition and reproduction.

Animal sciences takes approaches from biological, veterinary and agricultural research to investigate vertebrate animal systems in their entirety.

Research themes

Animal Science is a diverse cluster that works with the basic biology of animals and the other organisms that interact with them. Our research has the following themes:

Animal health

We help to make animals healthier by working to minimise disease, infection and parasitism. We ensure that animals have diets that provide them adequate nutrition.

Animal production

Our research improves animal husbandry (nutrition, reproduction, genetics, management) to make the most of new opportunities in agriculture and to create a cleaner, healthier food production system for ongoing food security.

One health

One health is the interface between the health of animals and humans. Our researchers are investigating emerging infectious diseases of humans and animals, zoonoses and food security, particularly for those in the developing world.

Animal behaviour and welfare

Our team conducts research to assess animal welfare in companion animal and farm environments. We are working to assess methods for alleviating pain and stress in domestic animals. We collect data to investigate the precise methods that optimise animal performance and welfare on farm and off.

Fundamental biology

We are interested in the fundamental biology of life. This includes investigating the interactions between genes and the environment; understanding how gene networks interact, and developing the basic genetic tools to understand and prevent the expression of genetic disorders. We are also working to understand the biology of antibiotic and antifungal resistance; and discovering new antimicrobials.