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Department of Animal Science and Veterinary Technology

Joe W. Autry Agriculture Building

Room 116

Department Head: Dr. W.F. "Frank" Owsley


Tarleton State University's Department of Animal Science and Veterinary Technology strives to prepare students for life after graduation with:

  • Quality classroom instruction
  • Hands-on experience in livestock production units.
  • Industry interaction through field trips, cooperative education and internships

The Department of Animal Science and Veterinary Technology offers A Bachelor of Science in Animal Science with six Concentrations. Each concentration can be tailored to meet the career interests of individual students. The Equine Certificate Program provides additional emphasis for students interested in the equine industry regardless of concentration. All students complete similar general education requirements, required by State and University regulations. In addition, the department also offers a Bachelor of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology.

The Department of Animal Science and Veterinary Technology administers the Bachelor of Science degree with the following degree programs and support areas:

B.S. in Animal Science

  • Science
  • Animal Production
  • Animal Industries
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine
  • Food, Nutrition and Meat Applications
  • Range and Ranch Management

B.A.S. in Veterinary Technology

  • Companion Animal
  • Equine
  • Veterinary Practices

Historically, Tarleton has been known for its practical, hands-on approach to agricultural instruction. To allow for as much student exposure to real-life experiences as possible in an academic program, farm and ranch operations involving almost 2,000 acres of land and eight major teaching centers are utilized as agricultural laboratories. In addition to the animal facilities, several classrooms, indoor laboratories, two indoor-teaching pavilions, and an indoor equine arena are utilized in providing students with valuable how-to-do experiences.