Graduate Catalog
2019-2020
 
Policies, Procedures, Academic Programs
Animal and Poultry Sciences
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
The building is located on the corner of Washington Street and West Campus Drive, the former site of a student parking lot. When it was opened in 1981, it was called the Animal Science Building. It was later named Litton-Reaves Hall.
3120, Mail Code:0306 Blacksburg VA 24061
Litton-Reaves Hall
Degree(s) Offered:
• MS
MS Degree in Animal and Poultry Sciences
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Offered In:
Blacksburg
• PhD
PhD Degree in Animal and Poultry Sciences
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Offered In:
Blacksburg
Email Contact(s):
Web Resource(s):
Phone Number(s):
540/231-4735
Application Deadlines:
Fall: Aug 01
Spring: Jan 01
Summer I: May 01
Summer II: Jun 01
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Department Head : David Gerrard
Graduate Program Director : Sally Johnson
Professors: Rami Dalloul; Alan Ealy; Mark Estienne; David Gerrard; Scott Greiner; Honglin Jiang; Sally Johnson; James Knight; Robert Rhoads; Edward Smith; Eric Wong
Associate Professors: Mark Cline; Joseph Eifert; Samer El-Kadi; Dan Eversole; Elizabeth Gilbert; Kiho Lee; Michael Persia; Michelle Rhoads; Cynthia Wood
Assistant Professors: Susan Campbell; Erica Feuerbacher; Leonie Jacobs; Timothy Jarome; Caroline Leeth; Vitor Mercadante; Robin White; Thomas Wilson
John W. Hancock, Jr., Professor of Animal Science: Eric Wong
Paul Mellon Distinguished Chair of Agriculture: Sally Johnson

Animal and Poultry Sciences Introduction

The Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences at Virginia Tech offers the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Students may specialize in the areas of genetics, genomics, immunology, management, muscle biology, nutrition, physiology, and product quality assurance. Interdisciplinary and interdepartmental programs are encouraged and students are given wide latitude to develop customized programs of study directed toward specific career goals. The department has 34 faculty members who serve the needs of about 500 undergraduate and about 50 graduate students.
Offered In (Blacksburg)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
  • TOEFL
    • Paper
      • 550.0
    • Computer
      • 213.0
    • iBT
      • 90.0
  • GRE
    • General Test
      • Verbal : 150.0
      • Quantitative : 150.0
Master's Degree. The Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences allows for both thesis and non-thesis master's degrees. Minimum total graduate credits (5000-level or higher) for thesis option: 30; minimum research credits: 6; minimum graded credit hours: 20.  The non-thesis option must include Project and Report: 6 hours minimum; minimum graded graduate credits for non-thesis option: 24. Seminars: minimum 1.
Offered In (Blacksburg)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
  • TOEFL
    • Paper
      • 550.0
    • Computer
      • 213.0
    • iBT
      • 90.0
  • GRE
    • General Test
      • Verbal : 150.0
      • Quantitative : 150.0
PhD Degree. Each Ph.D. student must complete a minimum of 90 credit hours of graduate study and a dissertation. Minimum Research and Dissertation hours: 30. Minimum 5000-level or higher graded courses: 27. Seminars: minimum 2.
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Animal and Poultry Sciences Facilities Introduction

State of the art laboratories supporting all areas of graduate research are located in Litton Reaves on campus.  Biosafety Level 2 animal research laboratories also are located in the building.  The well-equipped laboratories offer expertise in microscopy, molecular biology, chromatography, protein chemistry and body composition (DEXA).  Collaborations and partnerships with the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine foster access to additional animal expertise and equipment.   The Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences actively disseminates information through regional meetings and national and international symposiums and conferences.  An integral component of the graduate student experience is participation in these venues.  

Facilities

Animal Research Facilities

The Department manages six livestock and poultry centers on-campus and at nearby Kentland Farm and the Virginia Tech Meat Science Center.  These include 

  • Poultry research centers with hatcheries, grower barns, a processing facility and a feed mill for the support and management of large chicken and turkey flocks.  
  • Barns and working facilities for the management of a 300-cow beef herd.  
  • Paddocks, pastures and stalls that house a riding herd of 40 horses and a research and teaching herd of an equal number.  
  • Farrow to finish barns that support a 70-sow swine herd. 
  • Copenhaver Sheep Center is home to 200 ewes for teaching and research. 
  • Environmental and metabolism labs capable of supporting BSL2 research in livestock and poultry are available. 

The Department maintains an equine exercise performance laboratory with nutrition and pasture management facilities at the Middleburg Agriculture Research and Extension Center.  The historical Kentland Plantation, 20 miles from campus, provides resources for grazing and animal research. The Shenandoah Valley and Southwest Virginia Agricultural Research and Extension Centers, each 100 miles from campus, provide additional resources for beef cattle forage nutrition and management. The Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Suffolk supports an active off-campus program in swine research and extension. 

Laboratory facilities

In addition to the state of the art equipment located in Litton Reaves, University supported proteomic, genomic and bioinformatics core facilities are available to our faculty and students. 

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