Animal scientists are extremely concerned with providing safe and effective handling of livestock and companion animals. The animal behavior section works to provide scientific research and information on topics such as corral and working facilities, proper animal handling, and animal health.
A graduate program is available in animal behavior, and undergraduate students interested in animal behavior have a wide variety of courses from which to choose.
Most of the animal behavior research at Texas A&M is “applied ethology”, or studying the behavior of animals that are under the control of people and then linking that to some aspect of production efficiency, stress or welfare. Some of our studies are also relatively basic, dealing with issues such as cognition, perception, and measurement of stress.