Animal Science & Technology Department

About Us

About Us

Established in 1982, Animal Science is a professional course fully backed by the Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS), the agency regulating practice of Animal Science in Nigeria. Our Curriculum provides the students of animal science with the requisite knowledge, skill and working experience for the practice of animal science profession. With the establishment of the Nigeria Institute of Animal Science (NIAS), the image and status of the animal scientist have changed, giving her pride, prominence and motivation.

The Department imparts the technical skills and expertise required for the successful management of modern livestock enterprises.


To become a centre of excellence in research and training in Animal Science and Technology as well as the development of required expertise for the Animal Production Industry and related Industries.


To produce manpower with a thorough professional background in general agriculture in addition to very accomplished expertise and specialization in the art, science and technology of Animal Science, production and utilization.


To impart the technical skills, the “know-how” and “how to do” required for the successful operation of modern-day animal industry.


  1. To produce skilled manpower in Animal Science and Technology through research and teaching.
  2. To provide academic liaison and dissemination of research findings through public lectures, conferences, seminars, symposia, workshops and publications.
  3. To provide policy advice and formulation on issues related to Animal Science and Technology.


In 1989/90 Session, the Department developed a highly specialized Postgraduate training for students in the areas of Animal Genetics and Breeding, Animal Nutrition, Animal Management, Animal Products Technology and Reproductive Physiology.

The Department has over the years developed viable livestock holding in the University Teaching and Research Farm. These include large and small ruminant unit, cattle unit, swine unit, poultry unit and feed mill.

In the area of research, the staff of the Department has developed a lot of novel feedstuffs for the livestock industries including jack bean (Canavalia ensiformis), velvet bean (Mucuna pruriens), gelatinized cassava tuber meal, among others.  The genetics and breeding team has also attracted collaborative research funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, called the African Chicken Genetics Gain Project (ACGG).  The outcome of this collaborative research has benefited states in all the geopolitical zones of this country.