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Animal & Plant Sciences Center

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

Department of Animal Science & Veterinary Technology

The Department of Animal Science and Veterinary Technology strives to prepare students for life after graduation with: quality classroom instruction, hands-on experience, industry interaction.

Cutting-edge animal science programs are offered to meet the needs of current and future producers, scientists, and consumers. World-class faculty with training from across the nation have chosen to call Tarleton their home for instruction and discovery. State of the art facilities located near our beautiful main campus allow students to gain relevant, hands-on experience with livestock, equipment, and technology on a daily basis. The Department boasts a unique atmosphere that connects students personally with faculty engaged in applicable research and teaching. Students are part of a large student base with individualized attention to reduce the likely hood of remaining anonymous. Students can explore academic options in multiple concentration areas that better prepare them for the work force or advanced academic degrees. These concentrations are anchored by faculty that have direct experience in production, industry, and research lab settings. This broad experience enhances the students learning experiences by providing real world scenarios and hands on experiences. This hands on learning atmosphere is enhanced by state of the art facilities in lab spaces and animal working areas to allow students to directly apply classroom material to production and research settings.

The department is known for its practical, hands-on approach to 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. We also have a newly built Animal and Plant Science Center that houses indoor laboratories, covered arenas, working pens, and animal facilities. This new facility will allow students to learn many aspects of animal production through hands-on experience.

B.S. in Animal Science

 B.A.S. in Veterinary Technology

M.S. in Animal Science


TAMU College of Veterinary Medicine MOA

As a Texas A&M University System member, Tarleton State University has a formal partnership via a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM). Under this agreement, up to five additional students from Tarleton State University will be admitted each year to the TAMU CMV if they meet the academic requirements of the MOA program. Specific MOA requirements.

The number of students admitted to the DVM program from each of the four MOA universities is not limited to five each. Students from each of the MOA universities may apply and be admitted through the standard admissions progress outside of the MOA. Meeting the minimum criteria for admissions does not guarantee a student's admission to the DVM Professional Program under an MOA. 

For questions about this program, please contact: Dr. Steve Damron, Dean of the College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences 

Johnathan Baker '17
The most notable lesson out of the thousands learned here at Tarleton has been that it doesnt matter where you come from or the experience you show up to campus with. The professors and employees at Tarleton grant you the tools and knowledge to achieve your goals and reward hard work when its put forth.

Johnathan Baker, Class of 2017

The Purple Tractor

The Purple Tractor

The Purple Tractor is a merchandising teaching laboratory at Tarleton State University. It was created for students within the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences to learn how to make and market agricultural products including fresh and frozen meats, vegetables, and nursery plants. All products are produced by Tarleton students in Tarleton classrooms, barns, and fields. Proceeds from sales at The Purple Tractor help recoup the teaching expenses at our Agricultural Center, so that it all goes back to enhance the student experience.

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