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Animal science teaching and research Facilities


“Getting a great education from Berry and having such a broad range of experiences, such as working as a research assistant and at the dairy, absolutely helped me get into vet school and set me up for success.”

- Ashley Roberts Ballew (09C), D.V.M.
Riverstone Animal Hospital, Canton, Ga.

When our nation’s 30 schools of veterinary medicine seek strong candidates, many look directly at animal science majors of Berry College. Nearly 90 percent of Berry students applying for vet school admission typically are accepted, a rate twice the national average; 12 graduates from the 2016 class alone were accepted to 11 different veterinary medicine programs. Animal science majors pursuing graduate degrees in other fields have experienced equally high rates of success, while dozens have headed directly into careers in animal-related industries.

Emily Barton

“When I started in vet school, I recognized that I had a strong foundation to stand on. Another Berry graduate at UGA and I once talked about how well prepared we were.”

Emily Barton

Fueled by student success, Berry’s animal science program has more than tripled in size over the last 15 years, a pace of growth that has led to both opportunities and challenges. In recent years, the number of faculty has been increased and the academic curriculum enhanced. A new Animal Science Laboratory recently completed near the Rollins Ruminant Research Center is taking Berry’s capabilities for animal science research to a new level, providing space for hands-on teaching labs, and making it possible for more students to work in research.

Now, we are focused on relocating the program out of the 60-year-old Westcott Building and into a major new facility that will adjoin the McAllister Hall science center. This building will allow us to meet the urgent space needs generated by the program’s success. More importantly, it will expand capacity for our students to participate in research and experience firsthand what they have heard in lectures or read in textbooks, helping us provide the type of animal science education few can get elsewhere as undergraduates.

Powerfully positioned: Animal Science at Berry College

  • Incomparable 27,000-acre campus teeming with wildlife
  • Exceptional animal-related work experience for more than 140 students each semester
  • Faculty who distinguish themselves as both teachers and scientists
  • Innovative curriculum for two areas of student focus: graduate/vet school and animal industries
  • Large flock of Katahdin sheep and outstanding herds of Jersey and Angus beef cattle, commercial beef cattle, and horses
  • Gold Standard dairy
  • Equine center home to an equestrian team with three national titles