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University of Rhode Island — Animal & Veterinary Science
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AVS 101 - Introduction to Animal Science
Course Information

Professor: Dr. Tony Mallilo
Semester: Spring/Fall
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None

Catalog Description: Animal industry's role in world and national economy; inheritance, growth, physiology, nutrition, and diseases of domestic animals and poultry; geographic distribution and marketing of animal products.

Course Goals & Outcomes

The course will help you achieve the following goals:

  1. To develop an understanding and appreciation of the role of animals in providing food, fiber, pleasure and companionship for people.
  2. To develop in the student valid concepts of the problems and challenges in modern animal agriculture.
  3. To introduce principles of the various disciplines and areas of study pertinent to the broad field of animal science and to illustrate how they may be applied to solve particular problems.
  4. To stimulate the student to seek further information in animal science areas of particular interest.
  5. To attempt to identify facets of animal science that affect each of us, no matter what our goals here at the university may be.
Course Syllabus

Grades will be based on the following criteria:

  • Exams (3 one hour exams)
  • Attendance to experiential laboratory
  • Writing assignment
  • Final exam
About The Professor

Anthony Mallilo, Ph.D.
Professor, Animal Science
University of Rhode Island
Department of Fisheries, Animal and Veterinary Science
16 Woodward Hall
Kingston, RI 02881
Office: (401)874-4658
Fax: (401)874-7575

Dr. Mallilo is an invaluable member of the Animal Science department. Aside from teaching his many classes during the regular and summer academic sessions, Dr. Mallilo advises all Animal Science majors. Beginning freshman year, students within the major make numerous advising appointments with Dr. Mallilo and he is able to help them map their progression through the department and the university. Dr. Mallilo also organizes Experiential Learning Laboratories (ELL) at the university's Peckham Farm to help non-majors get a taste of what it means to be an animal scientist.


  • B.S., West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
  • M. S., West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
  • Ph.D., Penn State University, University Park, PA
Reasons To Take This Course

"Necessary if you are interested in animal science, it gives you a great overview of the important subjects in the animal science major. This course helps you find out if animal science is right for you. Included in the class is also a hands-on introduction to Peckham Farm, one of the cornerstones of AVS at URI." - Sabrina

"AVS 101 is a great class to take. Not only does it teach you information that will be in classes to come, but also it is a great way to tell if this is the field for you. It goes over the basics from animal roles in the world today, inheritance, growth, nutrition and plenty more. Since it's a 100 level class everything is basic and to the point, not too much detail but enough for you to enjoy the class without getting bored." - Kaitlyn

"AVS 101 was an entry level class that provided an accurate and exciting glimpse into the world of animal science. All major aspects within the field were touched upon as a basic understanding of a variety of topics in animal science is gained. Coming in with a large history of ruminant management, I found some of the class to be a review, yet I was able to learn a great deal about monogastric animals, different management techniques and animal nutrition. The class was taught on a level that freshmen and/or students with no animal science background are capable of understanding while still requiring moderate effort. All in all, the class was a great introduction to a field unexplored in previous educational settings." - Rachael

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