From ancient times, animals have been an integral part of human life, not just in terms of food and clothing, but also as dearly loved pets. And as far as wildlife is concerned, there are various aspects to consider, such as animal protection, symbiosis, and wild game. Laboratory animals are also essential for understanding biological activities and for the development of food additives and pharmaceutical products.
In the School of Animal Science, the domains of learning and research comprise three major pillars. In the “Animal Resource Science” domain, students acquire and practice technical knowledge and techniques of animal production through specializations such as grassland science, nutritional science, and theory of livestock for milk and meat, while experiencing practical animal care at the farm. In the “Animal Bio Science” domain, students acquire and practice biotechnology (including protein analysis, genetic analysis, and cell culture), which has been developed in each field of study, and cultivates a better understanding of cell function and life activities. And there is the “Social Science of Animals” domain, which is related to agricultural food systems which handle everything from food production to consumption, social science investigations of cities and agricultural villages, and wildlife. The major feature of this school is that it includes “Social Science of Animals” as a pillar of study, and it is possible to do research systematically from the process of keeping and feeding industrial animals to their distribution, processing, sale and consumption, step by step.
Each domain conducts research and provides education in terms of “animals needed for humans and society.”