Department of Animal Science and Veterinary Technology

Department curriculum is designed to provide students with foundation knowledge in basic and applied Animal Science (ANSC) and Veterinary Technology (VETT). The department emphasizes development of creative thinking and communication skills that are crucial for career success in the animal and veterinary sciences. 

The curriculum balances presentation of theory in the classroom with hands-on experience in the field. The Texas A&M University-Kingsville Farm provides Animal Science majors experience in swine, beef and goat management. The Veterinary Technology Center provides technologically advanced facilities and equipment that permit the highest quality experiential learning for future Veterinary Technologists. The faculty are involved in research that keeps them abreast of current thinking in the animal science and veterinary technology fields to provide students with up-to-date information. 

The department assesses its program by administrating comprehensive examinations to undergraduates when they enter the program and during their last semester before graduation. Also, the department chair interviews graduating seniors to determine the impression on strengths, weaknesses and needs of the program. Results from these activities are used to continually update and improve undergraduate education. 

Students majoring in Veterinary Technology (VETT) must receive a grade of C or better in all VETT courses. Failure to recieve a C or better in any VETT course may result in immediate withdrawal from the Veterinary Technology program. Students would need to reapply to the program the following year. 

Graduates from the department find employment with state and federal agencies or with ranches, farms, zoos, veterinary clinics and hospitals, as well as other private businesses. The undergraduate curriculum also prepares students for continued education at the Master of Science level.

University Teaching and Research Farm

The University Farm is a working laboratory that provides students with experiences in swine, beef cattle and meat goat management. The University Farm houses the only meat rabbit center in the state and demonstrates rabbit management and production practices.

The working and animal housing facilities at the University Farm allow faculty and students to conduct animal science and biomedical research involving cattle, goats, rabbits or swine. The University farm accommodates both applied livestock management and basic physiological research projects.

The University Farm is located one mile north of campus on Armstrong Street and includes over 650 acres of native brush, improved pastures, irrigated and dry-land plots, feed mill, rodeo arena and horse facilities and a covered livestock pavilion. In addition to the close proximity to campus, the diversity of livestock species, facilities and land use provides many educational opportunities for students and faculty in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. In addition, the University Farm hosts several yearly activities involving local and regional youth groups, including 4-H and FFA.

Department Faculty 

Apple, Jason Professor, Department of Animal Science and Veterinary Technology; Chair; B.S., Oklahoma State University; M.S., Kansas State University; Ph.D., Kansas State University.

Bell, Natasha Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Science and Veterinary Technology; B.S., Texas A&M University; M.S., Stephen F. Austin University; Ph.D., Texas A&M University.

Galloway, Cariann Assistant Professor of the Professional Practice, Department of Animal Science and Veterinary Technology; B.S., Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi; D.V.M., Texas A&M University.

Garcia, Michelle Professor, Department of Animal Science and Veterinary Technology; B.S., University of Missouri-Columbia; M.S., University of Missouri-Columbia; Ph.D., Texas A&M University.

Hilton, Clayton Professor, Department of Animal Science and Veterinary Technology; Jo and Bruce Gunn Endowed Director of Veterinary Technology; B.S., Auburn University; M.S., Auburn University; D.V.M., Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Hoskinson, Christine Assistant Director of Veterinary Technology, Department of Animal Science and Veterinary Technology; B.S., St. Lawrence University; M.S., Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

Kuvlesky, Jr., William Professor, Department of Animal Science and Veterinary Technology; Associate Dean, Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute; B.S., Texas A&M University; M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison; Ph.D., Texas A&M University.

Lukefahr, Steven Professor, Department of Animal Science and Veterinary Technology; Regents Professor; B.S., Texas A&I University; M.S., Oregon State University; Ph.D., Oregon State University.

Machado, Tanner Associate Professor, Department of Animal Science and Veterinary Technology; B.S., Colorado State University; M.S., Colorado State University; Ph.D., South Dakota State University.

Machen, Richard Professor, Department of Animal Science and Veterinary Technology; Paul Genho Endowed Chair in Ranch Management, King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management; B.S., Angelo State University; M.S., Texas A&M University; Ph.D., Texas A&M University.

Mathis, Clay P Professor, Department of Animal Science and Veterinary Technology; Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Endowed Chair and Director, King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management; B.S., Texas A&M University; M.S., Texas A&M University; Ph.D., Kansas State University.

Pope, Tiffany Instructional Nurse II, Department of Animal Science and Veterinary Technology; B.S., Purdue University.

Sawyer, Jason Associate Professor, Department of Animal Science and Veterinary Technology; B.S., Texas A&M University; M.S., New Mexico State University; Ph.D., New Mexico State University.

Stanko, Randy L Professor, Department of Animal Science and Veterinary Technology; B.S., Colorado State University; M.S., Texas A&M University; Ph.D., North Carolina State University.

Animal Science (ANSC)

ANSC 1211  Preparation for Animal Ag  2 SCH  (2-0)  

Key issues and trends impacting care and use of livestock, and domestic and companion animals. Career opportunities in the animal science profession.

ANSC 1419  Introd to Animal Science  4 SCH  (3-2)  

Basic scientific fundamentals of livestock production, including feeding and nutrition, reproductive physiology, selective breeding, health, management and marketing of major and minor species.

Fee: $5.00

ANSC 2307  Prin of Feeds and Feeding  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Chemical composition of feeds, utilization of nutrients, characteristics of feedstuffs and feed usage. Prerequisites: ANSC 1419, MATH 1314, CHEM 1311 plus CHEM 1111.

ANSC 2310  Livestock Mgmt Techniques  3 SCH  (1-4)  

Application of animal handling and management techniques for major and minor livestock species including behavior of livestock species relevant to handling, methods of restraint and blood sampling. Prerequisites: ANSC 1419 and sophomore standing.

ANSC 3302  Swine Management  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Systems of swine management including breeding, feeding and various management problems with their solutions. Prerequisites: ANSC 2307 and ANSC 2310.

ANSC 3304  Beef Management  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Systems of beef management including breeding, feeding and various management problems with their solutions. Prerequisites: ANSC 2307 and ANSC 2310.

ANSC 3305  Mkt Class and Grade Livestock  3 SCH  (2-2)  

Classifications and judging of livestock; factors affecting classification, grading and valuing and procedures of marketing livestock. Prerequisites: 9 semester hours of Agriculture including ANSC 1419.

ANSC 3306  Equine Management  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Principles of equine management, including conformation, nutrition, reproduction, health, and general management practices. Prerequisites: ANSC 2307 and ANSC 2310.

ANSC 3308  Sheep and Goat Management  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Systems of sheep and goat management for meat, fiber and milk including breeding, feeding and various management problems and their solutions. Prerequisite: 9 semester hours of animal science including ANSC 1419.

ANSC 3309  Meat Preparation and Eval  3 SCH  (2-3)  

Market class determination, live animal evaluation; slaughter, cutting, curing, carcass evaluation and grading. Prerequisites: ANSC 1419 and junior standing.

Fee: $5.00

ANSC 3313  Repro Physiol of Dom Animals  3 SCH  (2-2)  

Comparative anatomy and physiology of the male and female reproductive systems, endocrinology, gestation, parturition and lactation, management techniques, performance traits and diseases. Prerequisites: ANSC 1419, BIOL 1308 and 1108, CHEM 1311 plus CHEM 1111.

Fee: $5.00

ANSC 3335  Animal Breeding and Genetics  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Introduction to genetic concepts and principles of livestock improvement involving gene function, molecular genetics, gametogenesis, Mendelian inheritance, selection and breeding systems. Prerequisite: ANSC 1419.

ANSC 3336  Artificial Breed of Livestock  3 SCH  (2-3)  

Study of artificial insemination techniques and reproductive technologies. Application of artificial insemination and pregnancy diagnosis techniques in cattle, goats and swine. Prerequisites: ANSC 1419, ANSC 3313.

Fee: $5.00

ANSC 3390  Special Topics in Animal Sci  3 SCH  (0-0-3)  

Selected topics not currently available in existing courses. May be repeated once under different topic. Prerequisite: junior standing.

ANSC 3995  Internship  1-9 SCH  (0-0-1-9)  

Supervised and planned work experience under college guidelines in an agriculture enterprise or agency setting. Practical application of knowledge and skills of major subject area without classroom consultation, but with formal evaluation. May be repeated for a maximum of nine semester hours toward degree; may not count toward minor. Prerequisite: written consent of adviser and dean.

ANSC 4301  Growth Physiol of Livestock Sp  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Study of the principles of growth and its measurement from the cell to the tissue to the entire animal. Prerequisites: ANSC 1419 and CHEM 2421 or CHEM 3323.

ANSC 4303  Anat and Phys of Dom Animals  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Introduction to the study of functional anatomy and fundamental physiological processes of domestic animals. Prerequisites: ANSC 1419 and CHEM 2421 or CHEM 3323.

ANSC 4305  International Animal Agric  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Global contributions of animal agriculture involving traditional and nontraditional species on the welfare of human development. Includes a review of selected literature papers and a study of alternative livestock production systems especially appropriate for developing countries. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing.

ANSC 4307  Animal Nutrition  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Chemical composition of the animal, functions of nutrients, digestion, metabolism, physiological effects of feed additives. Prerequisites: ANSC 1419, CHEM 2421.

ANSC 4308  Statistics in Agriculture  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Basic and practical overview of agricultural experimentation, which includes an understanding of hypothesis testing, sampling, probability, and analysis and interpretation of agricultural research data. Prerequisite: junior/senior standing.

ANSC 4385  Experimental Techniques  3 SCH  (2-3)  

Laboratory exercises and demonstrations of current biotechniques used in animal research and their application to management of animal and wildlife species. Prerequisite: 9 semester hours of agriculture or approval of instructor.

ANSC 4395  Problems in Animal Science  1-3 SCH  (1-3)  

Literature review, laboratory field problem. May be repeated for a total of 6 semester hours, only 3 hours may count toward a minor. Prerequisite: approval of supervising professor.

Veterinary Technology (VETT)

VETT 2105  Vet. Medical Calculations  1 SCH  (1-0)  

Introduction to common veterinary medical calculations and measurements. Prerequisite: Admission to the Veterinary Technology Program.

VETT 2201  Intro to Vet. Tech  2 SCH  (1-2)  

Survey of the profession of veterinary technology with emphasis on basic techniques, handling and care of animals and ethical and professional requirements. Prerequisites: BIOL 1106 and BIOL 1306.

VETT 2233  Veterinary Medical Terminology  2 SCH  (2-0)  

Introduction to common veterinary medical terminology with emphasis on descriptive terms, common acronyms and abbreviations.

VETT 3206  Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging  2 SCH  (1-2)  

Presentation of theory, principles and practical application of diagnostic imaging techniques within the field of veterinary medicine. Prerequisite: Good standing within the Veterinary Technology Program as demonstrated by obtaining a grade of C or higher in VETT courses.

VETT 3209  Veterinary Parasitology  2 SCH  (1-2)  

Study of parasites common to domestic animals including zoonotic diseases. Prerequisite: Good standing within the Veterinary Technology Program as demonstrated by obtaining a grade of C or higher in VETT courses.

VETT 3225  Vet. Nursing Tech for SA II  2 SCH  (1-2)  

Common management practices, advanced nursing skills and care of canines and felines in a clinical setting. Prerequisites: Good standing within the Veterinary Technology Program as demonstrated by obtaining a grade of C or higher in VETT courses.

VETT 3227  Vet Nur for Zoo & Wildlife Sp  2 SCH  (1-2)  

Feeding, common management practices and care of avian and exotic animals in clinical or zoological setting. Prerequisite: Good standing within the Veterinary Technology Program as demonstrated by obtaining a grade of C or higher in VETT courses.

VETT 3229  Vet. Clinical Pathology II  2 SCH  (1-2)  

Continued study of hematology, blood chemistries, microbiology, urinalysis and cytology with emphasis on lab procedures. Prerequisite: Good standing within the Veterinary Technology Program as demonstrated by obtaining a grade of C or higher in VETT courses.

VETT 3234  Veterinary Dentistry  2 SCH  (1-2)  

Survey of veterinary dentistry topics and procedures with an emphasis on the technician's role in client education, instrument use and care, terminology and charting, intro-oral radiology and prophylactic procedures. Prerequisite: Good standing within the Veterinary Technology Program as demonstrated by obtaining a grade of C or higher in VETT courses.

VETT 3301  Introduction to Vet Technology  3 SCH  (1-3)  

Survey of the profession of veterinary technology with emphasis on basic techniques, handling and care of animals and ethical and professional requirements; Prerequisites: ANSC 1419, BIOL 1106, BIOL 1306, and MATH 1314.

VETT 3303  Veterinary Physiology  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Study of physiological functions and relationships of body systems in domestic animal species. Prerequisite: Admission into the Veterinary Technology Program.

VETT 3306  Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging  3 SCH  (1-3)  

Presentation of theory, principles and practical application of diagnostic imaging techniques within the field of veterinary medicine. Prerequisites: VETT 3301, VETT 3303, VETT 3324, VETT 3402, VETT 3405, and with a grade of C or better.

VETT 3311  Health Mgt. of SA II  3 SCH  (3-0-0)  

Continued study of common and zoonotic diseases of canines and felines encountered in the practice of veterinary medicine. Prerequisite: Good standing within the Veterinary Technology Program as demonstrated by obtaining a grade of C or higher in VETT courses.

VETT 3324  Health Mgt. of SA I  3 SCH  (3-0-0)  

Introduction to the study of common and zoonotic diseases of canines and felines encountered in the practice of veterinary medicine. Prerequisite: Admission into the Veterinary Technology Program.

VETT 3328  Vet. Clinical Pathology I  3 SCH  (1-3)  

In-depth study of hematology, blood chemistries, microbiology, urinalysis and other diagnostic tests with emphasis on lab procedures. Prerequisite: Good standing within the Veterinary Technology Program as demonstrated by obtaining a grade of C or higher in VETT courses.

VETT 3330  Vet. Nursing Tech for SA I  3 SCH  (1-3)  

Common management practices, basic nursing skills and care of canines and felines in a clinical setting. Prerequisite: Good standing within the Veterinary Technology Program as demonstrated by obtaining a grade of C or higher in VETT courses.

VETT 3390  Spec Topics In Vet Tech  1,3 SCH  (1, 3-0-0)  

Selected topics not currently available in existing courses. May be repeated once under different topic. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

VETT 3401  Intro to Veterinary Technology  4 SCH  (3-4)  

Survey of the profession of veterinary technology with emphasis on basic techniques, handling and care of animals, and ethical and professional requirements. Prerequisite: Admission into the Veterinary Technology Program.

VETT 3402  Veterinary Anatomy  4 SCH  (1-4-0)  

Gross anatomical study of body systems and their topographic relationships in domestic animal species. Prerequisite: Admission into the Veterinary Technology Program.

VETT 3405  Vet. Nursing Technology I  4 SCH  (1-4-0)  

Common management practices, basic nursing skills, and care of canines and felines in a clinical setting. Prerequisite: Admission into the Veterinary Technology Program.

VETT 3407  Vet Clinical Pathology I  4 SCH  (1-4-0)  

In-depth study of hematology, blood chemistries, microbiology, urinalysis and other diagnostic tests with emphasis on lab procedures. Prerequisites: VETT 3301, VETT 3303, VETT 3324, VETT 3402 and VETT 3405, with a grade of C or better.

VETT 3410  Clinical Externship I  4 SCH  (4-0-0)  

Supervised and planned work experience under college guidelines in a veterinary clinical setting. Practical application of knowledge and skills of major subject area without classroom consultation, but with the formal evaluation. Prerequisites: VETT 3209, VETT 3301, VETT 3303, VETT 3306, VETT 3311, VETT 3324, VETT 3402, VETT 3405, VETT 3407, and VETT 3425, with a grade of C or better.

VETT 3425  Vet. Nursing Technology II  4 SCH  (1-4-0)  

Common management practices, advanced nursing skills, and care of canines and felines in a clinical setting. Prerequisites: VETT 3301, VETT 3303, VETT 3324, VETT 3402, and VETT 3405 with a grade of C or better.

VETT 4135  VTNE Preparation  1 SCH  (1-0)  

Detailed review of veterinary technology practice domains to better prepare students for taking the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE). Prerequisite: Good standing within the Veterinary Technology Program as demonstrated by obtaining a grade of C or higher in VETT courses.

VETT 4217  Veterinary Office Mgmt (WI)  2 SCH  (2-0-0)  

Practical experience in management of the veterinary practice. Emphasis on client relations, record keeping, inventory, employment skills, and computer skills in the veterinary environment. Prerequisite: Good standing within the Veterinary Technology Program as demonstrated by obtaining a grade of C or higher in VETT courses.

VETT 4219  Clinical Externship II  2 SCH  (2-0-0)  

Supervised and planned work experience under college guidelines in a veterinary clinical setting. Practical application of knowledge and skills of major subject area without classroom consultation, but with the formal evaluation. Prerequisites: VETT 4312, VETT 4315, VETT 4319, VETT 4414, and VETT 4426, with a grade of C or better.

VETT 4221  Adv. Vet. Nursing Tech  2 SCH  (1-2-0)  

Fundamentals of advanced nursing care at the veterinary technologist level. Prerequisites: VETT 4312, VETT 4315, VETT 4319, VETT 4414, and VETT 4426, with a grade of C or better.

VETT 4236  Current Topics in Vet. Med.  2 SCH  (2-0)  

Examination of contemporary topics related to the veterinary profession and practice of veterinary medicine. Prerequisite: Good standing within the Veterinary Technology Program as demonstrated by obtaining a grade of C or higher in VETT courses.

VETT 4291  Global Veterinary Experience  2 SCH  (2-0)  

Immersion into global veterinary medicine topics including wildlife medicine and conservation, safe capture and immobilization techniques and zoonotic diseases of concern. Prerequisite: Successful completion of VETT 4420 and VETT 4426. Good standing within the Veterinary Technology Program as demonstrated by obtaining a grade of C or higher in VETT courses.

VETT 4312  Veterinary Pharmacology  3 SCH  (3)  

Fundamentals of pharmacology including recognition, calculation, labeling, packaging, and administration of veterinary drugs, biologicals and therapeutic agents. Prerequisite: Goo standing within the Veterinary Technology Program as demonstrated by obtaining a grade of C or higher in VETT courses.

VETT 4315  Health Management of Hoofstock  3 SCH  (3-0-0)  

Common diseases, preventive medicine and nursing of food and fiber animals and horses in the practice of veterinary medicine. Prerequisite: Good standing within the Veterinary Technology Program as demonstrated by obtaining a grade of C or higher in VETT courses.

VETT 4319  Vet. Clin. Path. II  3 SCH  (1-3)  

Continued study of hematology, blood chemistries, urinalysis and cytology with emphasis on lab procedures. Prerequisites: VETT 3209, VETT 3306, VETT 3311, VETT 3407, and VETT 3425, with a grade of C or better

VETT 4322  Health Mgt. of Zoo/Wildlife  3 SCH  (3-0-0)  

Common diseases, preventive medicine and nursing of avian and exotic animals in the practice of veterinary medicine. Prerequisite: Good standing within the Veterinary Technology Program as demonstrated by obtaining a grade of C or higher in VETT courses.

VETT 4323  Lab Animal/Sm. Mammal Mgt.  3 SCH  (1-3-0)  

Fundamentals of laboratory and small mammal medicine including management, husbandry, and common procedures. Prerequisite: Good standing within the Veterinary Technology Program as demonstrated by obtaining a grade of C or higher in VETT courses.

VETT 4327  Vet. Nursing IV  3 SCH  (1-3)  

Feeding, common management practices and care of avian and exotic animals in a clinical or zoological setting. Prerequisites: VETT 4312, VETT 4315, VETT 4319, VETT 4414, and VETT 4426, with a grade of C or better.

VETT 4331  Vet. Nurs. For Hoofstock  3 SCH  (1-3)  

Feeding, management practices, and care of food and fiber animals and equids in a clinical setting. Prerequisite: Good standing within the Veterinary Technology Program as demonstrated by obtaining a grade of C or higher in VETT courses.

VETT 4414  Vet. Nursing III  4 SCH  (1-4)  

Feeding, management practices, and care of food and fiber animals and equids in a clinical setting. Prerequisites: VETT 3209, VETT 3306, VETT 3311, VETT 3407, and VETT 3425, with a grade of C or better.

VETT 4420  Vet. Anes./Surg. Nursing II  4 SCH  (1-4)  

In-depth application of surgical, obstetrical, and anesthesia techniques. Prerequisite: Good standing within the Veterinary Technology Program as demonstrated by obtaining a grade of C or higher in VETT courses.

VETT 4426  Vet. Anes./Surg. Nursing I  4 SCH  (1-4)  

Fundamentals of veterinary anesthesia, patient monitoring, asepsis, and surgical instrument identification and care. Prerequisite: Good standing within the Veterinary Technology Program as demonstrated by obtaining a grad of C or higher in VETT courses.

VETT 4910  Vet. Tech Clinical Externship  9 SCH  (9-0)  

Supervised and planned work experience under college guidelines in a veterinary clinical setting. Practical application of knowledge and skills of major subject area without classroom consultation, but with formal evaluation. Prerequisite: Good standing within the Veterinary Technology Program as demonstrated by obtaining a grade of C or higher in VETT courses.