MSc in Agriculture - Animal Sciences

Next program: Oct 2019 - Sep 2020

Applications will be accepted from November 1, 2018 - March 1, 2019. How to Apply

Applications for upcoming program: Deadline June 30, 2017 for self-funding students  

The application period for the 2017-18 MSc programs in Nutrition and Animal Sciences has ended for applicants requesting a scholarship.  If you are a self-funding applicant, please contact the program coordinator: nuritbe@savion.huji.ac.il

 

Academic Chair of the International MSc Program in Animal Sciences

Prof. Sameer Mabjeesh

Prof. Sameer J. Mabjeesh
Professor, Ruminants Nutrition and Lactation Physiology

 

About the Program

The Master of Science in Animal Sciences aims to prepare students to become leading professionals in modern agriculture and contribute newly-acquired skills and knowledge for the benefit of agriculture in their home countries. Students will learn the fundamentals of Animal Sciences based on the most recent scientific findings and understand the “science” behind animal sciences, animal physiology, farm animal production and the environmental impact of agricultural activity. The program also prepares students for participation in doctoral-level programs.


(Photo: Animal Science students attend the Israel National Dairy Conference, November 2015)    

 

Following graduation, the majority of alumni return to their home countries, where many of them hold key positions in the area of governmental administration of animal production, management of farm animals, farm animal husbandry, and consultation and research in these fields in universities or private institutes. Several of our alumni have chosen to continue their studies towards a PhD degree in leading universities around the world.

The one-year program leads to a non-thesis Master of Science in Agriculture with a major in Animal Sciences. Qualified students may apply to the thesis track for a second year of studies after completing the first year of the program.   

Israel's advanced agriculture is most evident in the field of farm animal production. Israeli animal husbandry and management is among the most productive in the world, thanks to its sophisticated infrastructure based on the integration of science-based production methods with efficient extension services and an advanced health supporting veterinary service. The Robert H. Smith Faculty's teaching and research activities continue to play a central role in advancing agriculture to strengthen the Israeli economy while training tomorrow's scientists and agriculturists; protecting and rehabilitating the environment while increasing food production and reducing world hunger; mobilizing agriculture to meet human health needs and improving the quality and purity of agricultural products; and sharing the benefits of Israeli research and innovation with other nations.

The Smith Faculty's Department of Animal Sciences is engaged in research at levels of the molecule, cell and organ, while maintaining a clear perspective of the farm animal as a whole. The department activities include the following thematic areas: 

  • Physiology of reproduction (ruminants, poultry and fish); 
  • Stress physiology: adaptation of farm animals to environmental and other sorts of stress (ruminants and poultry); 
  • Physiology of lactation; 
  • Growth and development as affected by environmental impact; 
  • Aquaculture: reproduction, genetics and aquatic microbiology,
  • Physiology of the digestive tract: digestive processes and their control, improvement of digestive tract development and function via embryonic manipulation, improvement of the digestive tract immune system.

 

2017-18 Animal Sciences Curriculum

2017-18 Animals Sciences Curriculum

Semester A

  • Advanced Ruminant Nutrition & Feeding
  • Nutrition in Health and Disease
  • Selected Topics in Animal Physiology
  • Topics in Endocrinology
  • Selected Topics in Animal Reproduction
  • Intro to Molecular Biology
  • Scientific Writing and Presentation
  • Experimental Design & Statistical Analyses + Practice
  • Biochemistry
  • Advanced Biochemistry
  • Basic Immunology

Semester B

  • Biology of the Mammalian Ovary
  • Physiology of Avian Senses
  • Microbial Ecology of Aquaculture Systems
  • Nutrient Gene Interactions
  • Mammary Gland of Domestic Animals 
  • Genetics & Breeding of Farm Animals
  • Animal Health 
  • Introduction to Bioinformatics
  • Advanced Immunology

Semester C

  • Research Exercise
  • Seminar