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Welcome : Department of Animal Science

I welcome you to the information page of the Department of Animal Science, University of Ibadan. 

As the premier Department of Animal Science in the country and Centre of Excellence of the Nigeria Institute of Animal Science (NIAS), our Department has made significant contribution to livestock production in Nigeria. The Department’s teaching and research programmes are based on her vision, mission and philosophy which are in line with the vission and mission of the University and the Faculty of Agriculture: 

Vision statement

To promote training in sustainable livestock production through demand driven and globally competitive research and development  


Mission statement

To develop appropriate curricula for teaching and to promote collaborative and sustainable research with relevance to the national and global livestock industryTo set national livestock production standards for relevant organizations and agencies.



Livestock production is ever dynamic due to dynamism in human population and demand pattern for livestock and livestock productions. These shifts bring about changes in production systems.


The Department actively pursues this vision and remarkable successes have been achieved in areas of feed evaluation for poultry and swine, effects of gene/nutrition/environment interaction on reproduction in farm animals, application of in vitro gas production in the evaluating the feeding value of our forages for ruminants, value addition of animal products and application of fungal biotechnology for improving the nutritive value of high fibre feedstuffs. Our training program is made up of teaching and practical components. Students actively participate in farm and laboratory practicals and they are represented in the Departmental Farm Committee. Our postgraduate programme is well designed for adequate equipment of our graduating students. The Department is in active collaborative research and partnership with private farms, the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) and the International Farm Comparison Network (IFCN) through her Poultry Research Group (PRG) and Dairy Research Group (DRG). In the years ahead the Department hopes to make significant progress in research in evolving areas such as livestock production and environmental sustainability, impact of climate change on livestock production and organic agriculture.



History : Department of Animal Science




The Department of Animal Science was created on the 1st of July 1967. This is as a result of the reorganization of the initial components of the Faculty that comprised only two departments:  Agriculture and Agricultural Chemistry and Soil.


The department ofAnimal Science since its inception has been offering courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, in combined and special honors in the following areas:


1.            Agricultural Biochemistry and Nutrition


2.            Animal Breeding and Genetics.


3.            Animal Nutrition


4.            Animal Physiology and Reproduction


5.            Poultry Management and Production


6.            Animal Products.  


The arrangement facilitated the study of the animal organism with the aim of achieving completeness in acquiring the knowledge of its science.  It studies its nutrition, genetics and improvement, management, marketing of products and animal welfare. It also facilitates the study of animal foods, pasture, grass and food crops in relation to their utilization and to animal and poultry productivity under the prevailing environmental conditions.




The course in Agricultural Biochemistry and Nutrition aims at equipping students with the science of nutrition with a view to laying a solid foundation for future studies in agricultural production and in human nutrition.  The courses therefore include basic principles of nutrition and feed evaluation. Animal husbandry studies embrace the science and art of efficient livestock production through careful breeding and selection, proper feeding and management, adoption of sound sanitation and health measures, provision of adequate shelter and application of processing and marketing techniques.


Research in the Department of Animal Science is based on major animal species of both indigenous and exotic origin including beef and dairy cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, poultry and rabbit with which the University’s Teaching Research Farm is well equipped.  The Department is actively engaged in research directed towards finding solutions to the problems facing the Nigerian livestock industry.  Facilities exist for postgraduate and other research personnel in the department.  Research activities in progress include studies on the effects of genotypes and environments on animal performance in relation to productivity, factors which affect growth rate of calves and yield in dairy cattle; measurement of productivity, carrying capacity, digestibility and utilization of pasture grass and forages by grazing cattle sheep, oats and assessment of the chemical constituents and nutritive values of Nigerian feeds and feeding stuffs.  Improvement of the nutritive value of agro industrial by–products through simple biotechnological tools, effect if environment/nutrient interaction on reproductive performance in swine  and  rabbits and value addition of beef products and eggs are other areas of active research in the Department .


In the last decades, new technologies, emphasis and challenges to livestock production have emerged. Of necessity, new ways have to be found to make room for the adoption of these new technologies, embrace the new emphases and proffer solutions to the new challenges. Pursuant of these therefore, and in line with her vision and mission, the Department of Animal Science reviewed her curricula and research focus to run five different programmes as approved by senate of University of Ibadan in 2014. The Department now graduates students, both Undergraduate and Postgraduate, from these programmes. They are:

  1. Animal Breeding and Genetics

  2. Agricultural Biochemistry and Nutrition

  3. Animal Physiology, Reproduction and Bioclimatology

  4. Animal Products and Processing

  5. Animal Production and Management




Professor V. A. Oyenuga                      1965-1977


Professor G. M. Babatunde                  1977-1980


Professor A. I. Mba                             1980-1983


Professor J. A. Oluyemi                       1983-1987


Professor G. N. Egbunike                    1987-1990


Professor B.K. Ogunmodede                1990-1993


Professor L.O. Ngere                          1993-1996


Professor T. E. Ekpenyong                  1996-1997


Professor O. O. Tewe                         1997-2000


Professor Oyebiodun Longe                 2000-2003


Professor A. O. Akinsoyinu                  2003-2006


Professor E. A. Iyayi                           2006-2010


Professor A. D. Ologhobo                   2010 – 2014


Professor O. J. Babayemi                   2014-2018


Professor A. E. Salako                       2018 – 2020


Professor D. O. Adejumo                   2020 – Till date






 Undergraduate Academic Programme


B. Agric (Animal Science option)


B. Agric. (Agricultural Biochemistry and Nutrition option)


Post-graduate Programme


MSc. (Animal Science)


M.Sc. (Agricultural Biochemistry and Nutrition)






Courses : Department of Animal Science




Agricultural Biochemistry and Nutrition option


ABN 200         Introduction to Agricultural Biochemistry


Chemistry of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic  acids. Vitamins and their coenzyme functions  Minerals. The nature, classification and function of enzymes and hormones.


ABN  220      Introduction to Food Science and Technology


Definition and Scope of food science and technology.  Food distribution and marketing.  Food and its functions.  Food habits.  Food poisoning and its prevention.  Principles of food processing and preservation.  Discussion of different preservation methods.  Deterioration  and spoilage of foods, other post harvest changes in food contamination of foods from natural sources. Composition and structures of Nigerian/West African food; factors contributing to texture, color  aroma and flavor of food. Cost; traditional and ethnic influences of food preparation  and consumption pattern.


ABN 320         Metabolism of Carbohydrates, Lipids, Proteins, and Nucleic acids


Sources of carbohydrate, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids. Requirements by livestock animals, their metabolism in farm animal.


ABN 321         Analytical Techniques in Agriculture 1


General and specific biochemical methods of analysis of agricultural products


ABN 322         Biochemical And Metabolism Of The Vitamins, Minerals And Hormones    


                     In Animal Production


Sources of vitamins and minerals, requirements by farm livestock, their metabolism and hormonal influence in farm livestock.




Energy terms and definitions: energy transfer systems. Calculation of energy yields, various biochemical energy yield pathways


ABN  510      Chemistry and Nutritive Value of Nigerian Feeds and Feedingstuffs


Classification of foods, feeding stuffs and feed supplement; chemistry and nutritive values of succulent feeding stuffs. Concentrate feeds, cereals legumes and oil seeds. Chemistry and nutritive values of some Nigerian grasses  and  legume species. Storage and quality control of feeding stuffs and forages.


ABN 527         Analytical Techniques in Agriculture and Nutrition


Various biochemical and analytical methods of analysis of agricultural products’ blood and rumen liquor, analysis of fresh and conserved forages. Digestibility and balance trials.




ABN  524        Nutrition and Physiological Process


Nutritional in relation to growth reproduction, work, lactation and  other physiological functions in the animal body.


ABN 526        Animal Science and Human Nutrition


Nutrient and nutritive values of foods. Dietary allowances, food surveys and food balance sheets.  Malnutrition under-nutrition and starvation. Role of agriculture in the national nutrition programme.


ABN 522       Techniques in Biochemical and Nutritional Research


Review of basic statistics and experimental designs, general techniques in animal experimentation including microscopy, spectrophotometry isotopic tracer techniques, germ –free and anticoprophagy techniques.


ABN 525         Special Topics in Nutritional Biochemistry


A detailed treatment of metabolic antagonism, pigment, changes in chlorophylis during food processing , biological evaluation of the nutritive value of proteins.


ABN  590        Seminar


ABN  599        Project              




Animal Science option


ANS 210         Principles of Animal Production


Animal production and its development. The livestock industry-problems and prospects. Description of the breeds of cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, poultry and rabbits.  Systems of livestock production. Feeding habit of Farm animals. Principles of breeding and  livestock judging. General principles of management of the different types of farm.


ANS 310         Introduction to Non-Ruminant Animal Management


Management of breeding stock, growing and young animals. Housing, equipment and feeding principles of poultry, rabbits and pigs, Production and management practices; livestock Economics, Health management of stock processing and marketing of poultry and rabbits.


ANS 368         Elementary Topics in Animal Breeding


History of genetics: chrosomosomes structure, number and variations, Gene and Genotype.  Genetic code, Mendelism; Fundamental principles of inheritance, quantitative and qualitative characters and their inheritance. Different types of gene actions, values and means repeatability etc. Animal variation and selection principles. Breeding and environmental effects, in-breeding, pure line breeding cross breeding and other breeding methods.




ANS 370         Introduction to Ruminant Management


Management of breeding stock, growing and young animal, Housing equipment and feeding principles of cattle, sheep and goats. Production and management practices. Health  Management of ruminant animals Products.




ANS 410            Animal Husbandry Techniques


A board treatment of the breed types. World distribution, management, feeding and diseases management techniques of farm livestock. 


ANS 510          Poultry, Swine and Rabbit  Production.


Building and equipment, incubation and hatchery management of poultry eggs; turkey. Gees, duck and guinea fowl production. The application of the principles of Carcass cut in swine and measures of carcass quality. Marketing.


ANS 515         Cattle, sheep and Goat Production


The beef and diary industry; Feeding and Management of Cattle, sheep and Goats; Housing and equipment; Calf-rearing; growing and finishing operations; Milk production, handling and processing. Animal judging; herd recording, castration and dehorning. Production and lactation in Sheep and Goats; Marketing Milk, Beef, Goat and Sheep products.


ANS 520         Animal Breeding  and Livestock Improvement


Determination of genetic parameters; improvement of Farm animals by the application of genetic principles, breeding systems, selection methods, sex determination; foundation stock in livestock production; Breeding and Selection of beef and diary cattle, record of performance tests, progeny test breeding and selection of poultry; random sampling; egg. Production tests; improvement of sheep and goats; gene mutation and lethal genes; statistical tools for studying inheritance, genetic variance and covariance; heritability and repeatability.


ANS 525         Artificial Insemination in Farm Animals


The reproduction systems in male and female animals; physiology of sperm and ovum; endocrinology; production; Egg production; genetics physiology; pregnancy and foetal development; fertility and sterility of farm animals. Role of AI in livestock production.  Management of male donors, semen collection, evaluation, preservation and storage artificial insemination techniques.


ANS 530         Animal Products


Preparation for slaughtering, evisceration and dressing percentages; care of carcass and its cuts; processing and care of hides, skin and wool; processing and storage of meat ; milk processing and microbiology; and poultry products.  Milk hygiene;  Effect of cooking on meat and milk flavor. Post harvest physiology of animal products; egg quality and grading, chemistry and nutritive value of meat and eggs.  Poultry products, milk by-product=butter, cheese and whey; preparation and storage of beef products=bacon, sausage and ham, food additives, flavours and aroma. Marketing and distribution of animal products.


ANS 535         Animal Production Research Techniques


Techniques amd procedures in animal experimentation. Basic statistical designs in animal science research problems.


ANS 599         Project


ANS 590         Seminar




Staff : Department of Animal Science




A.  D OLOGHOBO B.Sc., M.Sc. (Anal.Chem.), Ph.D (Ibadan)

Professor & Head of Department


E.A. IYAYIB.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. (Ibadan)



O.O. TEWEB.Sc., Ph.D. (Ibadan)



O.G. LONGEB.Sc. (Ibadan), Ph.D (Nottingham)



A.O. AKINSOYINUB.Sc (Hons)Ph.D (Ibadan)



D.O. ADEJUMOB.Sc., M.Sc.  Ph.D. (Ibadan)



M.K. ADEWUMIB.Agric. (Benin), M.Sc.,Ph.D (Ibadan)

Senior Lecturer


A.B. OMOJOLAB.Sc., M.Sc .Ph.D (Ibadan)



J.O. BABAYEMIB.Sc. (Benin) M.Sc.,Ph.D(Ibadan)

Senior Lecturer


A.E. SALAKOB.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D (Ibadan)

Senior Lecturer


N.F. ANURUDUB.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D (Ibadan)

Lecturer I


O.O. OGUNSOLAB.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D (Ibadan)

Senior Lecturer


G.O. ADEYEMOB.Sc., M.Sc .Ph.D (Ibadan)

Senior Lecturer


O.A. SOKUNBIB.Sc., M.Sc.Ph.D (Ibadan)

Senior Lecturer


T.O. OSOSANYAB.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D (Ibadan)

Senior Lecturer


O.A. ABU, B.Sc., B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D (Ibadan)

Lecturer I


O.A. OLORUNISOMO, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D (Ibadan)

Lecturer I


E.O. EWUOLA, B.Agric. (FUTA),M.Sc., Ph.D (Ibadan)

Lecturer II


O.A. ADEBIYI, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D (Ibadan)

Lecturer II


O.A OGUNWOLE, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D (Ibadan)

Lecturer II


A.F AGBOOLA, B.Sc., M.Sc.,

Assistant Lecturer


O.M. AKINYEMI, B.Sc., M.Sc, Ph.D (Ibadan)

Assistant Lecturer



O. H.  OSAIYUWU, B.Sc., M.Sc,                                       Assistant Lecturer


Students' Associations : Department of Animal Science


Students' Association


Animal Science Student Association of Nigeria   (ASSAN)

This is an association of all undergraduate students of the Department.  The Association has an executive council that caters for the interest of the students.  ASSAN is affiliated to the national body, the Animal Science Association of Nigeria (ASAN) and the professional body of the Association, the Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS).  The student association organizes annual events like livestock Fair/show; meet the farmers’ forum and a symposium on topical issues of relevance to livestock production in the country