It is natural that one of the nation's premier animal and food sciences departments has emerged from the agricultural epicenter of the Texas South Plains. The Department of Animal and Food Sciences at Texas Tech University is housed in a state-of-the-art teaching and research facility completed in 2004. It features five specialized teaching and research labs, the largest retail meat cooler on a university campus and a retail store, Raider Red Meats Cafe'.
The department has experienced an unprecedented increase in undergraduate student enrollment during recent years with more than 1,400 undergraduate students. This is not surprising considering the diversity of extracurricular activities that are available to students and the "hands on" or experiential education students are offered. Undergraduate students have the opportunity to become part of six undergraduate clubs and 10 competitive teams. These teams and clubs are recognized nationwide for their success.
The faculty in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences are also well recognized. Many faculty members are leading researchers in their respective fields, including food science; food safety; meat science and muscle biology; nutrition; animal wellbeing; breeding and genetics; physiology and with specialties in cattle, horse, sheep & goats, and swine. The fact that professors do their own research and teach classes, guarantees students receive the highest quality education with the most current information.