Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics - Overview

Animals have long been one of the world's most valuable resources providing people with food, clothing, transportation and other opportunities. Modern animal agriculture is the business of producing, processing and marketing high-quality animal products (meat, milk, and eggs) and fiber for consumers. In addition, there is considerable interest in the use of animals to improve the quality of life through companionship, recreation and sport. The animal science industry needs highly motivated, technically qualified graduates who will take advantage of the opportunities offered in the entire range of animal-related careers.

Today's animal science graduates have opportunities to accept challenging careers in a large variety of different fields. Many fill positions in animal production. These opportunities require technical, personnel, and management training and can lead to jobs in livestock, poultry, egg and dairy units as well as horse farms, zoos, pet animal breeders and other related industries. Additional career opportunities exist in agribusiness, technical services, teaching, veterinary science and laboratory animal care. The department offers courses for the B.Sc. (Hons.) Animal Science (a four year degree progrmme) and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (a five year degree programme) as major subject and for B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture (a four year degree programme) as minor subjects. Animal Breeding and Genetics research programs are vibrant and exciting with support from institution and other donor agencies. Quality of instruction and counseling is excellent. Most classes are small, providing an excellent faculty to student ratio. It is the department's goal to provide each postgraduate student with a challenging and innovative education and research opportunity. Emphasis depends on the species of interest and the type of research work (quantitative vs molecular).

This department continues to devote itself to acquire and impart the latest scientific knowledge to the students on different aspects of animal breeding and genetics. Sixteen undergraduate and 14 postgraduate courses are offered. So far 103 postgraduates including 13 Ph.Ds have been produced. About a dozen of research projects funded by donor agencies have also been completed by the staff members of this Department. Number of research papers is 400, one-third of which have been published in journals originating from countries other than Pakistan.