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Animal Sciences


The animal sciences program is included in the Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences Department. Animal science is the application of experimental investigation, cutting edge technology, and other scientific principles for the advancement of efficient and environmentally friendly animal agriculture and improved food quality and safety. One focus of the animal science program is on pre-veterinary training, but the program also emphasizes preparation for work in production and management systems for the major farm animals such as swine, sheep, beef and dairy cattle, and aquatic/aquaculture animals. The emphasis of the present program is on tropical production systems with particular reference to the Pacific Basin or other tropical regions.

Degrees offered include a BS and an MS (Plan A and Plan B) in animal sciences. A veterinary science (pre-vet) option is available at the undergraduate level. Faculty research interests and graduate student specializations include beef-cattle nutrition, grazing management, and genetics; dairy-cattle nutrition and physiology (especially the management of cattle in a hot climate); swine management; reproductive physiology and endocrinology of sheep, cattle, fish and swine; molecular biology of animal growth and metabolism; muscle biology and meat science; reproduction; animal health; nutrient/waste management; and freshwater and saltwater shrimp breeding, production, nutrition, and pond management systems. Emphasis is placed on the application of scientific methods for both the development and improvement of animal industries in subtropical and tropical environments.


The animal sciences program is primarily supported by its own literature. The program also draws heavily on the literature of agriculture, biology, chemistry, food sciences, genetics, physiology, and zoology.

Additional animal sciences materials relating to Hawaii and the tropical Pacific are occasionally acquired through Special Collections. The Hawaiian Collection is the primary repository for material originating in Hawaii. The Pacific Collection includes materials about islands of the Pacific. The Government Documents Collection also includes agricultural literature especially from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.


Language: English is preferred.

Chronological: No limitations; the emphasis is on current theories and research.

Geographic: No limitations; there is special interest in literature from and about tropical regions.

Date of Publication: Current materials are emphasized; gaps are filled as needed.

Types and Formats of Materials Collected: Scholarly journals are of primary importance in animal sciences; where available and financially feasible, Web access is preferred for journal subscriptions. Web-accessible journal article databases, including back files, are acquired as funds permit. Monographs and monographic series on current research in the field are generally collected in print format, but e-book availability is increasing. Conference proceedings are collected selectively in either print or Web accessible electronic format. Reference materials such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, and bibliographies are collected selectively and Web access is preferred when available. Dissertations and theses in print format, audiovisual materials, and microforms are purchased only when requested by faculty. Excluded are manuscripts and preprints and reprints of journal articles.

Electronic Format: See Types and Formats of Materials Collected.

Treatment: All treatments are included, with the exception of popular works and lower level textbooks. Upper level textbooks are selectively collected. Both research and applied aspects are collected.


Books that document animal sciences scholarly research and university level textbooks no more than five years old may be accepted. Gifts in other formats that are relevant to the research or instruction mission of the animal sciences program will also be reviewed. Popular magazines, short journal runs, materials that duplicate items already in our collections, and materials in poor condition generally are not accepted. Contact the animal sciences or aquaculture/fisheries subject librarian ( to discuss the nature, extent and timing of your donation. Gifts of archival materials that relate to the history of the university should be discussed with the University Archives (

When donated items are accepted by the UH Manoa Library they become the possession of the Library. The Library reserves the right to make decisions about the disposition of these materials. A letter of acknowledgement will be sent to donors, but the Library cannot provide monetary appraisals of gifts.

Compiled by: Eileen Herring
Date: June 2008

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