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Department of Animal Sciences


Meet Our Students

Read what some of our students have said!

Autumn ConverseAutumn Converse. Class of 2018. Major: Animal Sciences Minor: History

"In addition to serving as an undergraduate teaching assistant for both the in-person and online Intro to Animal Sciences (2200.01) courses, I am also involved in Alpha Sigma Upsilon, a PHA recognized sorority which honors and unites women with interests in agricultural and rural life. Like many others within the department, I am a volunteer trainer for 4 Paws for Ability at OSU--the college program of an organization based in Xenia, Ohio, that places specialized service dogs with children and veterans with disabilities.

I've always been a Buckeye--born and raised! Making the decision to come to Ohio State was an easy and natural one for me, not only because of the academic opportunities the university offers, but also because of the network you obtain during your time here. I started out as undecided, but I discovered very quickly that I was meant to be an Animal Sciences student. Being a student in the Department of Animal Sciences has given me an amazing educational experience, so many exciting opportunities, and countless forever friendships."

Kendra Zelachowski

Kendra Zelachowski. Class of 2017. Major: Animal Sciences. After graduation: OSU Vet School.

"I was involved in Alpha Zeta Partners, an agricultural honorary fraternity. I was also involved in Animal Science Community Alliance, a leadership group within the department focused on individual growth, outreach, recruitment and service. Also within the department, I was a teaching assistant for the 3200 Animal Biosciences Lab course. During my time at Ohio State, I had the opportunity to study abroad to Brazil with Alpha Zeta Partners and to South Africa through the department. I would recommend this path to others because you will not find another program that challenges you, provides you with many different opportunities in our field (research, study abroad, practical animal experience) and educates you in many different animal species."

Paige McAteePaige McAtee. Class of 2017. ATI Transition Student. Major: Animal Sciences. Minor: Meat Science. After graduation: Graduate school, studying meat science, Department of Animal Sciences, Ohio State.

"I wouldn’t trade my experience at ATI for anything! At ATI, you not only get a fantastic hands on experience for your education, but you also meet people who are like your family. This makes transitioning to a big campus so much easier. A lot of us (including myself) are from a small town so starting at ATI helped me ease into my college experience. The transition to Columbus was definitely a change, but I wouldn’t say that it was difficult! Taking full advantage of campus transition days definitely helped me feel more welcome. A lot of ATI students transition to Columbus also, so it was really nice to see familiar faces as soon as I got to Columbus!"

Rachael Adams

Rachael Adams. Class of 2017. Major: Animal Sciences. After graduation: OSU Vet School.

"I can confidently say that Ohio State’s animal science program is unmatched in terms of community. The many faculty, staff, and students on our west campus create a unique group that interacts with one another like a family. I did not initially appreciate the impact that this animal science’s family would have on me during my four years of undergrad, but it is because of the supportive people around me that I not only accomplished my goals, but surpassed them. The people that represent OSU’s animal science program are what make it unique, successful, and absolutely unparalleled. The relationships I formed are strong and lasting, and I look forward to expanding upon my OSU family in future years. I strongly recommend the animal sciences curriculum to any curious incoming student because the success – as well as the lasting memories – you create in college is most influenced by the genuine relationships you form with mentors, professors, and peers."

John Rowe

John Rowe. Class of 2017. Major: Animal Sciences. After graduation: OSU Vet School.

"I chose Ohio State because I had a fantastic “Experience Ohio State for a Day” visit and met with a lot of friendly faces who already seemed invested in me having a great college experience, plus the proximity to the veterinary school set OSU apart from the other schools I was considering. For those interested in veterinary medicine, taking advantage of having the veterinary school on our piece of campus was what made the difference for my undergraduate experience. By the time I graduated I had worked in a research lab there for over two years and spent time in small animal internal medicine, farm animal hospital, and equine medicine services, all of which made a huge difference to my veterinary school application and my own academic curiosity. Within the Department of Animal Sciences, I had the opportunity to volunteer with organizing college events, engage with high school outreach programs, and assist teaching undergraduate courses in professional development and animal biosciences. Outside of the classroom I also got the chance to compete as a part of Ohio State’s Hunt Seat Equestrian Team and also was able to travel on a study abroad experience to Spain to study the equine industry. In many ways the experiences in our department and the veterinary school set me up for success and were a large part of gaining admission to Ohio State’s College of Veterinary Medicine."

Erin HamlinErin Hamlin. Class of 2018. Major: Animal Sciences. Minor: Psychology. After Graduation: Vet School

"Get to know your professors! Even if you don't have questions go introduce yourself, help them put a name to your face, and if you do have questions do NOT be afraid to ask. All of the professors are super nice and enjoy when students show interest in what they are teaching. The professors are amazing and enjoy what they do, the animal science department is its own little tight-knit community that is very supportive of its students, the program teaches you a wide range of subjects/animals (which was good for me because I grew up in the suburbs and did not have experience with farm/production animals), it offers career paths beyond just veterinary medicine, etc. The list goes on and on, but in summary it is an amazing program!"