Animal Genetics and Breeding

Program objectives

The main objectives of the program is to produce qualified and competent professionals, well versed in livestock breeding skills so that they can play crucial roles in developing livestock development options, research projects and strategies aimed at solving problems associated with animal breeding thereby to improve the living standard of the rural population.

Staff profile

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Name

Qualification

Academic rank

Area of research

E-mail Address

1

Zeleke Mekuriaw

PhD

Ass.Prof

Reproductive Physiology

zelekemekuriaw@yahoo.co.uk

2

Firew Tegegn

PhD

Ass.Prof

Animal Nutrition

firewtegegne@yahoo.co.uk

3

Mussie H/Melekot

DVM-MSc

Ass.Prof

Tropical Animal Health

musiehailu@yahoo.com

4

Getinet Mekuriaw

MSc

Lecturer

Animal Genetics and Breeding

g_mekuriaw@yahoo.com

5

Assaminew Tassew

MSc

Lecturer

Animal Production

atassew2005@yahoo.com

Graduate profiles

One of the major factors which the country is unable to utilize the huge livestock population is the absence or insufficient number of well trained manpower in this area of specialization. As a result of this no more improvement has been observed in the livestock production and productivity and the husbandry practice in general. If one may observe at ranches, farms and other livestock producing areas, the husbandry practice is usually going on by non animal geneticist and breeders. Similarly, researchable issues in regard to livestock genetics and breeding have been tried to address by any livestock production professionals so long. From this, one can imagine that to what extent those research agendas were addressed. Therefore, equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills, the graduates of this program will be engaged in research centers as researchers, able to work as livestock producers, experts at various levels and consultants for various regional and national governmental and non-governmental institutions and private industries involved in the livestock industry. They are also expected to work in colleges, Universities and/or agriculture curriculum development centers and breeding policy and/or strategy development issues.

Duration of the study

The MSc program is a two-year program for regular students and a three-year program for summer students. Regular and summer students will have one year (2 semesters) and two years (two summers), respectively, taught course and one year for a research project in a specific area of specialization.

Assessment and evaluation

Graduate student progress is assessed regularly and formally by the faculty through assigned department supervisors. The assessments focus on both completion of coursework and the development of professional skills in research, scientific writing and service through the following methods:

Degree Nomenclature

The degree conferred on successful candidates will be called in English: THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF SCIENCE IN “ANIMAL GENETICS AND BREEDING”; in Amharic: ======================

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have completed the academic requirements for the Bachelor's degree in Animal Science, Biology or other related sciences from accredited higher learning institutions.
The candidate must pass qualifying (entrance) examination of the University. He/she must be supported by at least three letters of recommendation preferably from the candidates under-graduate instructors, employers and professional associations. Non-animal Science or non-animal science majors admitted to the program may be required to take some prerequisite courses from the undergraduate program. These courses will be worked out by the department Graduate committee and approved by the graduate faculty based on the BSc. credentials of the student.

Graduation Requirements

The Master of Science degree program in Animal Genetics and Breeding has a course work requirement of at least 30 credits and six credits of research work on which a thesis must be written and defended successfully. The students must score a minimum CGPA of 3.00 and successfully defend the Thesis. ‘F’ grade cannot provide a student to graduation.

List of Courses

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Angb601

Molecular Genetics

4

Angb611

Advanced Animal Reproductive Physiology

3

Anpt611

Advanced Animal Physiology

3

Angb621

Advanced Biometrics in Animal Science

4

Angb624

Population Genetics

2

Angb622

Advanced Animal Breeding

3

Angb602

Quantitative Genetics

3

Angb636

Biotechnology in Animal Breeding

2

Angb638

Animal Genetic Resource and Conservation

2

Angb741

Current topics in Animal Genetics and Breeding

1

Angb742

Seminar in Animal Genetics and Breeding

1

Angb743

MSc Thesis Research

6

Total

34

Elective Courses

Angb636

Advanced Meat Production (E)

2

Anpt638

Advanced Dairy production (E)

2

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