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Building to Distinction

Ours is a two-step approach that will put Berry’s animal science program into a class of its own. Each facility reflects the increased importance of laboratory science in the major and expands opportunities for students to conduct research with faculty – the highest form of experience for those who plan careers in the sciences.

Already, donors to the LifeReady Campaign have funded construction of a 4,600-square-foot field laboratory adjacent to the college’s Rollins Ruminant Research Center, providing valuable space for research activity and facilitating learning via direct animal contact in close proximity to the college’s sheep, beef and dairy herds.

Next is a 23,000-square-foot classroom and laboratory building to be located adjacent to the existing McAllister Hall science center. This $15.7 million facility is designed specifically for laboratory-based activities such as courses in veterinary microbiology and reproductive physiology, as well as to facilitate and enhance research involving faculty and students.

The new facility will allow us to build on a national reputation for excellence in animal science education anchored in the following distinctives:

Powerfully Positioned

  • An unparalleled campus with 27,000 acres of forests, fields and wetlands teeming with wildlife
  • Outstanding herds of award-winning Jersey and registered Angus beef cattle, commercial beef cattle and horses of various breeds, as well as a large flock of hair sheep
  • Faculty members who distinguish themselves as teachers first and foremost, but also as scientists, publishing their work in peer-reviewed journals and presenting at scientific conferences
  • Commitment by faculty to involve and mentor students in research projects, thus challenging them with the highest level of learning and scientific inquiry
  • Gold Standard Dairy recognition by the Dairy Farmers of America
  • An innovative curriculum with two distinct areas of focus: one for students interested in veterinary medicine or other graduate programs and another for students drawn to careers in animal industries, including those who work to ensure that production animals are raised in humane and healthy settings
  • An equine center that is home to a three-time national champion varsity equestrian team and a small Quarter Horse breeding program
  • “The Berry Farms” student-run agricultural enterprises, including dairy, beef and egg operations selling wholesome products locally and a Jersey cow genetics enterprise with international connections