A centre of excellence for the training of high caliber personnel entrusted with the dissemination of practical knowledge of
Animal Production as a tool for food security, income generation, gainful employment, and the provision of high quality and
wholesome animal products and services, for the benefit of mankind.
BRIEF HISTORY AND OBJECTIVES OF THE DEPARTMENT
The Department of Animal Science started as one of the programmes in the General Agriculture Degree Programme
awarded by the University of Ife, Faculty of Agriculture in 1962. The Department was formerly established in
1966/1967 session, with Dr. A. A. Adegbola (of blessed memory) as the Acting Head of the Department. The
Faculty of Agriculture operated as unified degree programme from 1962-1977 in which every Department made
a contribution. Thereafter with the introduction of the Bachelor of Agriculture degree programme, the Department
graduated its first set of 9 (nine) graduates of B. Agric (Animal Science) in 1981.The focal points of the Department
were to meet the manpower needs and provide knowledge-based solutions to the problems of the agricultural sub-sector
and the society at large.
The specific objectives of the Department include:
To prepare young professionals for careers in Animal Science and to instill in them, life-long habits of dedication,
leadership, innovation and service
To conduct strategic research (basic and applied) in Animal Science so as to meet the national challenge of food
security and improved welfare.
To help in the development of national livestock policies that will foster a sustainable, environment-friendly and
prosperous agricultural sector and national economic development.
To create public awareness of development in the agriculture and food industry-vis-à-vis quality and safety of animal products.
To assist with rural development through direct collaboration with smallholder livestock units so as to promote employment,
income generation and development of skills.
The Department of Animal Science runs a Bachelor of Agriculture (B. Agric.) degree programme, with specialization in Animal
Science. Essentially, the programme emphasizes practical (field and laboratory) training in all aspects of Animal Science.
The first 4 years of the programme is devoted to the exposure of students in the B. Agric programme to all aspects of Animal
Science and Fisheries and other fields and specializations in agriculture. Students take courses from Departments of Agricultural
Economics, Plant, Soil, Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology, Agricultural Engineering and Practical Land Survey from Civil
Engineering. Overall, the training is geared towards preparing the students for future challenges in the agricultural sector.
Currently, the undergraduate programme is being revised in line with the current global trends and recent developments in
Animal Production. The current changes in the programme emphasize all aspects of Animal Biotechnology in the improvement of
livestock productivity. The new programme also includes practical knowledge about fisheries and fish production, feed formulation
using computer software, etc. The name of the Department is also being changed to "Department of Animal Production and Fisheries"
to reflect the changes in curricular cited above.
The postgraduate programme emphasizes sound training in specialized areas of Animal Science, including Animal Breeding and
Genetics,Animal Nutrition and Biochemistry, Animal Health, Reproductive Physiology, Animal Products and Processing and
Animal Biotechnology.Currently, there are 16 duly registered postgraduate students in the Department.