M.Sc. Animal Sciences
The international M.Sc. in Agriculture majoring in Animal Sciences leads to a fully-accredited non-thesis M.Sc. degree from the Hebrew University.
The next international M.Sc. Programme in Animal Sciences will be held during the 2013-14 academic year from October 2013 – September 2014.
The Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment is the only institute of higher education in Israel offering university degrees in agriculture. Established in 1942 as the Institute for Agricultural Sciences with 21 masters students, the Faculty today has a student body of 2,300 students. in 15 study programs. The Faculty is graded as one of the top 30 faculties of agriculture worldwide and as one of the top 5 in scientific impact. It offers academic programmes leading to B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in various fields of Agriculture.
The 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 advanced Israeli agriculture is most evident in the field of 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 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:
(a) physiology of reproduction (ruminants, poultry and fish);
(b) stress physiology: adaptation of farm animals to environmental and other sorts of stress (ruminants and poultry);
(c) physiology of lactation;
(d) growth and development as affected by environmental impact;
(e) aquaculture: reproduction, genetics and aquatic microbiology,
(f) 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.
Prof. Rina Meidan is the Head of the Academic Committee for the international M.Sc. program in Animal Sciences.
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