We currently support 19 graduate students within the Dairy Science Department. Our graduate students have diverse backgrounds and research interests including genetics, reproduction, nutrition, immunology, management, and lactation. All have the opportunity to gain classroom teaching experience and to participate in extension education programs in addition to their involvement in research programs. A non-thesis option is offered within the MS degree program in Dairy Science.
The Department resides in Litton Reaves Hall, a modern, well equipped, office building. In addition to offices, it includes extensive laboratory and classroom facilities designed to support dairy research, teaching, and extension programs. Computing facilities are available in the building, at various campus locations, and at the University Computing Center (IBM SP2, SGI Origin 2000, Supercomputer access). The Department maintains a research and teaching herd of 150 milking cows (Holsteins and Jerseys) at the Kentland Dairy Center.
Features of the Program
Opportunities to conduct basic and applied research at the forefront of :
- infectious disease
- metabolic modeling
Stipend and tuition support.
Discussion groups, seminar series, and social activities.
State of the art laboratory, classroom and dairy facilities.
Strong collaborative research programs exist with departments across the Virginia Tech campus.
Graduates continue onto veterinary school, faculty positions, industry jobs, and various careers in research and extension.
The Department awards several Graduate Research Assistantships to qualified students each year. Information regarding assistantship eligibility and a stipend table with assistantship rates may be found at the Graduate School web page here. The Dairy Science Department funds beginning M.S. students at step 8, and beginning Ph.D. students at step 10. Assistantships are renewed annually for students demonstrating satisfactory progress.
Graduate School Chair
Interested in pursuing graduate studies in Dairy Science at Virginia Tech?
Correspond directly with a research faculty member listed here or write to:
Dr. Mike Akers, Graduate Chair
2130 Litton-Reaves Hall
Department of Dairy Science (0315)
175 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061
phone (540) 231-8895