Department of Animal Science
Department of Animal Science

Welcome to the Department of Animal Science, one of the five Departments in the School of Agriculture, within the College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences. The Department sees you as a partner for development and therefore values your immeasurable contribution towards the development of the Department. As a Department that holds the key to the development of the livestock industry in the country and beyond, we welcome all our stakeholders (prospective students, current students, alumni, staff, sister animal science departments and the general public to the Department of Choice. We hope your contributions will help us in producing high calibre and market-demand animal scientists to meet the needs of Ghana’s livestock industry.


We have a very highly-sought after and market-driven undergraduate and graduate programmes. We also offer highly technical and professional pedagogical skills in the area of teaching;carry out cutting-edge research, and offer demand-driven extension and community services. The Department has expertise in the areas of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Animal Nutrition, Animal Physiology, Epidemiology, Food Quality, Animal Welfare, Poultry Science, Ruminant Production, Microbiology and Immunology, Meat Science and Technology, and Pasture and Rangeland Management.


The Department of Animal Science is strongly positioned with global recognition and is ready to partner with both local and international institutions, organisations, NGO’s and industries for collaboration. We therefore invite you to partner with us to ensure an improved and sustainable livestock industry, a recipe for food security.


Dr Julius K. Hagan

The Department of Animal Science is one of the five Departments of the School of Agriculture, University of Cape Coast. The vision of the Department is to become the centre of excellence in the training and research into all aspect of the Animal Sciences. The Department teaches courses in the following under-graduate programmes in the school:

BSc. Agriculture
BSc. Agricultural Extension
BSc. Agro-Processing
BSc. Agri-Business
BSc. Agric. Ext. and Community Development

In addition to that, the Department provides technical support for Teaching and Research Farm of the School in the areas of poultry, pigs and ruminants.


Programmes run by the Department

BSc. Animal Production
M.Sc. Livestock System Management
MPhil. Animal Science



MPhil. Animal Science with specializations in:

Animal Breeding and Genetics
Animal Nutrition (Ruminants and Monogastric)
Meat Science and Technology
Pasture and Range Management
Management of Livestock Enterprises

MSc. (Sandwich) Management of Livestock Enterprises

PhD in Animal Science with specializations in

Animal Breeding and Genetics
Animal Nutrition (Ruminants and Monogastric)
Meat Science and Technology
Pasture and Range Management
Management of Livestock Enterprises


The vision of the Department of Animal Science is to become a centre of Excellence in Training, Research and Extension in all aspects of the Animal Sciences.


The mission of the department shall be to:

  1. Undertake teaching, research and extension work (community service) in the animal sciences and related disciplines, as support for the national development agenda.
  2. Provide a conducive environment for effective teaching, learning, research and development; providing alternative answers to changing developmental needs.
  3. Produce high calibre educationists and researchers in agriculture, as well a’’ model farmer class’ ’capable of addressing challenges of the animal industry in Ghana and elsewhere.
  4. Attract and maintain highly qualified animal scientists for the core work of the department.
  5. Facilitate development in character and ethics of its graduates.



In line with developmental and manpower needs of Ghana, the goals of the Department are to:

  1. Train graduate teachers for second and third cycle institutions, animal scientists for research institutes and modern commercial-type animal farmers.
  2. Undertake basic and applied research in all relevant areas in the animal sciences.
  3. Serve as centre of excellence for outreach programmes in vocational animal agriculture.
  4. Disseminate through Journals, Newsletters etc. Research information on new trends in animal production and sustainable agricultural development.
  5. Offer advice and consultancy services in animal agriculture and related issues to assist in planning policy by Government/MDAs, as well as industry and commercial farms.
  6. Forge linkages with agricultural universities/institutions involved in similar activities, both within and outside the country.


On-Going Research, Extension and Community Service

Utilization of palm kernel oil residue (PKOR) as feed Ingredient for poultry and pig production. It is intended to improve livelihood of resource poor palm kernel oil producers who are mostly women. Research outputs are to be presented for MPhil/Ph.D.


Improving the productive performance of local chickens using naked-neck and frizzle genes for small holder farming systems


Capacity building for Nzema Maale pig Farmers Association in Esiama Community in the Nzema East Municipality, Western region of Ghana. A COTVET initiative, with sponsorship from the Skills Development Fund (SDF)


Capacity building for Grasscutter farmers in Assin Amoaben in the Assin South District of Central Region of Ghana. A COTVET initiative with sponsorship from skills development (SDF)




Continuous improvement



1. Has a core group of very well trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated teaching/research staff.

2. offers exciting Programmes that seek to meet the demands of emerging markets/field.

3. Is the ONLY one among the public Universities in Ghana to offer a course in Fisheries Science as part of an undergraduate programme in Agriculture.

4. Offers oppotunity for training and research in most areas of the sciences at post graduate level.