School of Animal and Range Sciences

 

School of Animal and Range Sciences

The Department of Animal Science was launched in the then Alemaya College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts in 1960. It is one of the oldest Departments in the history of the university. Currently it is renamed as School of Animal and Range Sciences and incorporated different programs.

Physical facilities of the School

  1. Animal farms
    1. Apiculture
    2. Beef farm
    3. Dairy farm
    4. Goat farm
    5. Poultry farm
    6. Sheep farm
    7. Swine farm
    8. Zoo

 Laboratories

    1. Animal Nutrition
    2. Dairy science and technology
    3. Anatomy and physiology
    4. Animal Genetics and biotechnology

The School has 2, 5 and 3  BSC, MSc and PhD programs, respectively.

  1. BSc programs

There are two programs that lead to BSc degree in Animal Sciences, and Range Ecology and Ecotourism.

Animal Sciences: this is a three years BSc degree program with the following objective.

ü  To produce professionals equipped with knowledge in sustainable animal production, personal and social attributes and entrepreneurial skills.

ü  To conduct basic and applied research in the field of animal science and to disseminate the generated knowledge to various stakeholders.

Admission

  • Successful completion of the preparatory program and pass national examination.
  • Placement as advance standing student.

Range management and Eco-tourism (RMET): This program was launched in 2007. Pastoralism constitutes a unique and important way of life for a large proportion of the Ethiopia population. There are some 12-15 million agro-pastoralists, living in 7 regions. The pastoralist areas are characterized by unpredictable and unstable climatic conditions as well as ecologically fragile environments. At the same time, the livestock population in the pastoral areas is high with good quality domestic animals being known to be found on these regions. Rangeland covers more than 62% of the total landmass of the country, where mode of life of these people has been dependent on traditional way of living through opportunistic production of range vegetation and livestock products.Furthermore, the pastoral areas are rich in cultural & traditional heritage, flora & fauna diversities, habitat for game and non-game wildlife, recreational opportunities, valuable minerals and other resources which could lead to good tourism industry in the areas.

In order to maintain natural resources management, the role of ecotourism will have a great impact more in the rangeland regions where the widest conservation areas of the country are located. Moreover, incorporating elements of ecotourism in the program for applying the principles of sustainable development to everyday life of agro pastoral people in the areas are paramount.

Vision

The vision of the department is to be center of excellence in knowledge generation and dissemination in Range Management and Ecotourism.

Mission

The mission of the department is to produce skilled manpower in Range Management and Ecotourism through relevant and quality education both in theory and practices. The department will conduct both basic and applied research in demand-driven area and disseminate the same stakeholders.

Goal

  • To educate students to the best international standards and to prepare them for careers in professional work, research, community services and capacity building.
  • To provide scientific education and skill to conduct research for the development of range livestock production & ecotourism.

 Program objectives:

  •  To produce professionals with knowledge, skill and attitude in range management & ecotourism.
  •   To conduct guided and applied research in range livestock production & ecotourism management
  •   To produce qualified and competent professionals in the field both nationally and internationally
  •   To produce professionals that plays a role in rangeland resources conservation and management
  •  To acquaint students with senses of being initiative for continuous learning and develop the ability of individual work as well as creativity
  • To initiate the willingness to serve and communicate as well as the skills to develop and extend key abilities such as teamwork, problem solving, decision making, critical thinking, self reliance,  communicating, analyzing, and retrieving, processing and applying information.

Admission

To be admitted to the B.Sc. program in Range Management and Ecotourism a candidate should have:

  •   Successful completion of the preparatory program and pass national examination.
  • Placement as Advanced Standing Student
  •  Interest in Range Animal  Production and Ecotourism
  1.   M.Sc. programs

The school has five MSc programs visa-vis  Animal Production, Animal Breeding and Genetics, Animal Nutrition, Range Ecology and Management, and Dairy Sciences.

M.Sc. in Animal Production

Admission

  •  Applicants must have completed the academic requirements for the Bachelor’s of degree in Animal Science, Biology or other related sciences from an accredited higher learning institutions.
  • The candidate must pass qualifying (entrance) examination in the field of study.
  • The candidate must be supported by at least three letters of recommendation preferably from the candidates under graduate instructors, employers and professional associations.
  •  Non-animal science majors admitted to the programme may be required to take some prerequisite courses from the under graduate program. These courses will be worked out by the Department Graduate Council and approved by the graduate faculty based on the B.Sc. credentials of the student.

Graduation

The M.Sc. degree in Animal production is awarded to a candidate who has satisfied the general SGS graduation requirements, passed in all examinations of courses in the program and successfully defended the Thesis.

Courses:

  1. Animal Nutrition
  2. Animal Physiology
  3. Biochemistry
  4. Biometrics
  5. Forage Production and Range Management
  6. Computer Applications (E)
  7. Feed Evaluation and Budgeting (E)
  8. Meat Production
  9. Milk Production
  10. Farm Animal Diseases and Management (E)
  11. Poultry Production
  12. Current Topics in Animal Production
  13. Applied Animal Breeding
  14. Processing of Animal Product (E)

 M.Sc. in Animal Genetics and Breeding

Admission

  •  Applicants must have completed the academic requirements for the Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science, Biology or other related sciences from an accredited higher learning institutions.
  • The candidate must pass qualifying (entrance) examination in the field of study.
  • The candidate must be supported by at least three letters of recommendation preferably from the candidate’s undergraduate instructors, employers and professional associations.
  • Candidates from non-animal science graduates admitted to the programme may be required to take some basic courses from the under graduate program. These courses will be worked out by the Department Graduate Council and approved by the graduate faculty based on the B.Sc. credentials of the students.

The M.Sc. degree in Animal Genetics and Breeding is awarded to a candidate who has satisfied the general SGS graduation requirements, passed in all courses of the program and successfully defended his/her Thesis.

Courses:

  1. Animal Genetic Resources and Conservation
  2. Reproductive Physiology
  3. Animal Genetics
  4. Biometrics
  5. Animal Nutrition
  6. Animal Physiology
  7. Computer Applications
  8. Population Genetics
  9. Quantitative Genetics
  10. Biotechnology in Animal Breeding
  11. Applied Animal Breeding
  12. Current Topics in Animal Genetics and Breeding
  13. Meat Production
  14. Milk Production
  15. Poultry Production
  16. Seminar in Animal Genetics and Breeding
  17. M.Sc. Thesis Research

M. Sc. in Rangeland Ecology and Management

The Program 

The Master of Science degree program in Rangeland Ecology and Management requires a minimum of 32 credits of course work and six credits of research work on which a Thesis must be written and defended successfully. The program has the objective to develop range ecology and management with emphasis on livestock production and management aspects, including the interaction of livestock and vegetation. The main objective of the program is to train skilled manpower capable of developing research strategies or rural development options that will improve the standard of living of pastoralists through improved livestock and forage resource management and avoidance of land resource degradation.

Admission

–    Applicants must have completed the academic requirements for the Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science, Biology or other related sciences from an accredited higher learning institution.

–    The candidate must pass qualifying (entrance) examination in the field of study.

–    The candidate must be supported by at least three letters of recommendation preferably from the candidates under graduate instructors, employers and professional associations.

–    Candidates from non-animal science majors admitted to the program may be required to take some basic courses from the under graduate program. These courses will be worked out by the Department Graduate Council and approved by the graduate faculty based on the B.Sc. credentials of the students.

 Graduation

The M.Sc. degree in Range Ecology and Management is awarded to a candidate who has satisfied the general SGS graduation requirements, passed in all courses of the program and successfully defended his/her Thesis.

 Courses offered under this program

  1. Forage Production and Range Management
  2. Plant and Range Ecology
  3. Anthropology and Socio-economics
  4. Animal Nutrition
  5. Animal Physiology
  6. Biometrics
  7. Computer Applications
  8. Feed Resources Development and Management
  9. Rangeland Resources and Watershed Management
  10. Current Topics in Range Ecology and Management
  11. Feed Evaluation and Budgeting (E)
  12. Farm Animal Diseases and Management
  13. Camel Production
  14. Ruminant Production

M.Sc. in Dairy Science

This M.Sc. program was launched in 2011/2012 Academic year with the following objectives

Background

Ethiopia has a huge potential for development of the dairy industry. Some of the indicators of the country’s potential for the development of the dairy sector include the large livestock population; the high demand for milk and milk products in the country due to the increasing human population, increased rate of urbanization and the expected increase in real income of the consumers; and the diverse climatic and topographic conditions that the country possesses. Despite this big potential, the dairy industry in the country is under developed and the annual milk production is not sufficient to feed the current human population.

Objective

To produce high-level trained manpower which will play a significant role in the enhancement of dairy science and initiation of research on pertinent dairy production problems of the country.

 Graduate Profile

Upon completion of the Dairy Science program, the graduates are expected to work independently:

  • in government dairy research programs and as advisors concerning dairy production,
  • in research, development and management sectors in dairy industries,
  • as teachers of dairy science and related courses in higher learning institutions,
  • as leaders in the extension service to promote milk production and its products,
  • as private entrepreneurs to promote dairy technology and dairy products processing.

The Program

The Master of Science degree program in Dairy Science has a course work requirement of at least 30 credits and six credits of research work on which a Thesis must be written and defended successfully.

The program is aimed at training skilled manpower capable of designing and handling research and development strategies towards the development of the dairy sector in the country.

Admission

  • Applicants must have completed the academic requirements for the Bachelor’s of degree in Animal Science, Biology or other related sciences from an accredited higher learning institutions.
  • The candidate must pass qualifying (entrance) examination in the field of study.
  • The candidate must be supported by at least three letters of recommendation preferably from the candidates undergraduate instructors, employers and professional associations.
  • Non-animal science majors admitted to the programme may be required to take some prerequisite courses from the undergraduate program. These courses will be worked out by the Department Graduate Council and approved by the graduate faculty based on the BSc credentials of the student.

 Graduation

The MSc degree in Dairy Science is awarded to a candidate who has satisfied the general SGS graduation requirements, passed in all examinations of courses in the program and successfully defended the Thesis.

C.     PhD Program of the School of Animal and Range Sciences

The school has three PhD programs visa-vis Animal Nutrition, Animal Breeding and Genetics, and Tropical Animal Production.

PhD Program in Animal Nutrition

Admission requirements

Master of Science degree in animal nutrition, animal production, animal physiology, range management or other related sciences or an equivalent degree form an accredited university;

  • Candidates requesting for admission from fields other than animal nutrition may be required to take additional courses to compensate for the deficiencies as per the recommendation of DGC and approved by CGS;

 Graduation requirements

To be eligible for graduation all the PhD candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Twenty-two credit hours of course work, with no “D” grade in any course taken as well as not more than one “C”;
  • Thirty credit hours of research work on which a dissertation must be written;
  • Letter of testimony from the supervisory committee;
  • Successful defense of thesis;
  • A Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.00; and
  • A draft copy of at least one publishable paper from the doctoral thesis.

Distribution of Courses

Recent Advances in Animal Nutrition

  1. Nutritional physiology and Biochemistry
  2. Mineral and Vitamin Nutrition
  3. Biotechnology in Animal Nutrition
  4. Analytical Techniques in Animal Nutrition
  5. Seminar I
  6. Advances in Feed Resources Utilization
  7. Animal Science Research and Biometrics
  8. Seminar II
  9. Advanced Bioenergetics and Protein Utilisation
  10. Tropical Livestock Production System
  11. Animal Adaptation and Stress Physiology
  12. Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Technology and Applications

 

PhD Program in Animal Breeding and Genetics

 Admission requirements

  • Master of Science degree in animal genetics/ breeding, animal production, or other related sciences or an equivalent degree form an accredited university;
  • Candidates requesting for admission from fields other than animal genetics / breeding may be required to take additional courses to compensate for the deficiencies as per the recommendation of DGC and approved by CGS.

 Graduation requirement

To be eligible for graduation all the PhD candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Twenty-two credit hours of course work, with no “D” grade in any course taken as well as not more than one “C”;
  • Thirty credit hours of research work on which a dissertation must be written;
  • Letter of testimony from the supervisory committee;
  • Successful defense of thesis;
  • A Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.00. and
  • A draft copy of at least one publishable paper from the doctoral thesis.

Distribution of Courses by Year and Semester

  1. Advanced Biometrics in Animal Breeding
  2. Advances in Animal Genetics and Breeding
  3. Animal Genetic Resource Management
  4. Molecular Genetics
  5. Bioinformatics
  6. Seminar I
  7. Planning Genetic Improvement program
  8. Methods of Genetic Evaluation
  9. Tropical livestock production systems
  10. Animal adaptation and stress physiology
  11. Geographical information systems (GIS) and Technology and applications
  12. Seminar II

PhD in Tropical Animal production

This PhD program is launched 2010/11 academic years and has three streams visa-vis dairy animal production, meat animals production and non-ruminant animal production.

Program Objectives

  • To produce professionals equipped with knowledge, skill and attitude in sustainable and market oriented tropical animal production and management according to the country’s policy, priority and development agenda
  • To conduct advanced basic and applied research in the field of tropical animal production and disseminate the generated knowledge, skill and attitude to various stakeholders.

Admission requirements

Master of Science degree in animal production, animal nutrition, animal genetics and breeding, dairy science, animal physiology, range management and ecology or other related sciences or an equivalent degree from an accredited university;

  • Candidates requesting for admission from fields other than Animal Science may be required to take additional courses to compensate for the deficiencies as per the recommendation of School Graduate Council (SGC) and approved by Council of Graduate Studies (CGS).

Graduation requirements

To be eligible for graduation, all PhD candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • 22credit hours of course work, with no “D” grade in any course taken as well as not more than one “C”;
  • A Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.00;
  • 30  credit hours of research work on which a dissertation must be written;
  • At least on published paper in a reputable Journal
  • Letter of testimony from the supervisory committee and
  • Successful defence of the thesis.

   Courses

  1. Adaptation physiology of farm animal in the Tropics
  2. Tropical livestock production systems
  3. Animal Science research and biometrics
  4. Tropical farm animal reproduction and fertility
  5. Animal genetic resources conservation and management
  6. Seminar I (Current topics in Tropical animal production)
  7. Geographical Information Systems (GIS) technology
  8. Livestock resource economics and marketing
  9. Tropical dairy animals production & management
  10. Lactation physiology of dairy animals (E)
  11. Advances in dairy animals’ nutrition & feeding
  12. Dairy products processing and technology
  13. Camel productions and management
  14. Seminar II (Current topics in dairy animal production)
  15. Dairy development policy and trade
  16. Livestock products value chain analysis
  17. Tropical meat animals production & management
  18. Advances in meat animals’ nutrition and feeding
  19. Meat technology
  20. Camel productions and management
  21. Seminar II (Current topics in tropical meat animal production)
  22. Muscle physiology and biochemistry
  23. Poultry production & management
  24. Swine production & management
  25. Meat technology
  26. Monogastric animals nutrition & feeding
  27. Seminar II (current topics in non-ruminant animals
  28. Muscle physiology & biochemistry