Murray State University offers a unique opportunity for those who are interested in the field of agriculture. The university offers a diversified program in the area of Animal/Equine Science, with the option to focus intensely on a student’s particular avenue of interest. Students enrolled in the Animal/Equine Science program may choose to focus on food animals and/or equine.
Training in various areas of Animal/Equine Science can prepare the student for employment in many fields and a variety of positions. In fact there are over 500 distinct occupations in animal agriculture. Some of the opportunities include science, teaching, agricultural services, allied industries, manufacturing and production.
Academic Program Highlights
Animal agriculture is specific, specialized, mechanized, computerized and industrialized. Students enrolled in animal sciences have an opportunity to study the many areas of subject matter associated with animal agriculture.
Students receive scientific training in animal breeding and genetics, nutrition, physiology, management, animal evaluation and selection, disease control and sanitation. In animal agriculture industry today, students must be well grounded in both the biological and physical sciences. It is recognized that many animal science students today do not have the practical experience necessary for many positions requiring a combination of technical and practical training. At MSU, practical experience in animal science is attained through laboratories and summer internships.
School of Agriculture facilities include classrooms, laboratories and offices housed in the south wing of the Oakley Applied Science Building, the A. Carman Animal Health Technology Center, the E.B. Howton Agricultural Engineering Building, the Equine Instructional Facility, greenhouses and three farm complexes located near campus.
The horse and beef facilities are a part of the farm-laboratory complex. The West Kentucky Livestock and Exposition Center is utilized for equine and rodeo classes, contests, field days, judging contests, clinics and numerous agriculture activities.
- Block & Bridle
- Horseman’s Club
- Rodeo Club
- Intercollegiate Equestrian Team
- Intercollegiate Rodeo Team