动物科学技术学院前身为畜牧系，1950年4月，由国立西北农业专科学校畜牧科和草原科并入国立兽医学院创建畜牧专业，随后成立畜牧系。经学校批准，先后更名为动物生产工程系（1993年9月）、动物科学技术系 (1999年7月 )，2001年3月学校院系调整时成立动物科学技术学院。
Brief Introduction to College of Animal Science and Technology
College of Animal Science and Technology (CAST) developed from Department of Animal Husbandry. In April 1950，Animal husbandry and grassland subjects of National Northwest Agricultural Academy School were merged with National Veterinary College and adopted the name of Department of Animal Husbandry. Upon the approval by Gansu Agricultural University, Department of Animal Husbandry was renamed to Department of Animal Production & Engineering (September 1993), and Department of Animal Science and Technology (July 1999). In March 2001, when the university adjusted its faculties, College of Animal Science and Technology was founded.
CAST is longer in history of the higher agricultural universities in China, and also enjoys good reputation and well influenced in international and domestic animal husbandry fields with inheriting the older generation’s excellent tradition of DILIGENCE, PRECISENESS, HONESTY and INNOVATION. After 66 years of construction and development, CAST has become an important base for a senior professional personnel training and scientific research in animal husbandry in China.
There are five teaching departments in the College, namely Department of Animal Nutrition and Feed Science, Department of Animal Genetics, Breeding and Reproduction, Department of Animal Production, Department of Aquaculture, and Experiment and Teaching Center of Animal Science & Technology, and four teaching and researching institutes including Gansu Research Center for Swine Production Engineering & Technology, Gansu Key Laboratory of Herbivorous Animal Biotechnology, Gansu Engineering Lab of Genetic Improvement in Ruminants, International Science and Technology Cooperation Base for Genetic Improvement of Mutton Sheep & Beef Cattle in Northwest China, Gansu Agricultural University Yongchang Sheep Farming Science & Education Cooperation Baseand Animal Husbandry Systematic Engineering Research Institute of Gansu Agricultural University. By authorization of State Ministry of Personnel, Animal Husbandry Post-doctoral station was founded in 2001. There was the 1st level discipline of PhD program in Animal Husbandry, upon the approval by the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council, PRC in 2003. CAST offers four the 2nd level doctor’s programs in agronomy disciplines, namely, Animal Genetics, Breeding and Reproduction Science, Animal Nutrition and Feed Science, Rearing of Special-type Economic Animals, and Animal Production. CAST has the right to grant master's degree of Agricultural (Animal Husbandry areas). Animal Genetics, Breeding and Reproduction Science is the key subject of Ministry of Agricultural. In addition, Animal Husbandry (1st level) is the key subject of Gansu Province and Animal Science is the specialties subject of Gansu Province. CAST offers three undergraduate specialties including Animal Science, Animal Science (animal husbandry and veterinary direction) and Aquiculture, and also offers undergraduate specialties of Animal Science for self-taught students. In addition, CAST is the training and evaluating base for Gansu Feed Industry Professional Skills.
CAST actively carries out academic exchanges at home and abroad, improves the educational level and quality of personnel training continuously. It also has established long-standing academic exchanges and cooperation activities with many foreign universities and institutes of many countries such as United States, France, Germany, Rumania, Australia, Italy, Hungary, Canada, New Zealand, Turkey, Thailand, South Africa, Kenya, Ukraine and so on. It has also tied extensive relationship with many well-known domestic universities, research institutions and enterprises. At present, CAST has established more than ten teaching and research bases and practical bases for students of employment outside the compus.
In order to adapt itself to the need of some key technological research projects of social and economic development including national and provincial level, CAST has carried out extensive science research programs in the past 66 years. Based on rigorous scholarship and realistic attitude and hard-working spirit, the majority of teachers have obtained remarkable achievements in teaching and researching. College staffs have obtained 114 achievements in teaching and scientific researching, have published more than 1000 academic research papers, and more than 101 professional books and teaching materials.
Faculty of the college shows reasonable structure, excellent academic and research capabilities, stationary research orientation and remarkable character. The number of its faculty and staff amounts to 51, including 12 professors, 17 associate professors, 12 lecturers and 5 assistants. Among them, 15 are supervisors for Ph.D. students and 38 supervisors for M.S. students, 22 middle-aged and young teachers with doctor’s degree. More than 10 teachers have been awarded honorary title of the national level or ministerial/provincial level, 6 professors enjoy special government allowances, 2 professors are named as the outstanding experts in Gansu Province, 1 teacher enjoys "Gansu Provincial Science and Technology Hero".1 professor is the member of Discipline Review Group of the State Council, 2 professors are the member of Higher Education Teaching Guidance Committee of the Ministry
of Education, 6 professors were selected in Gansu province "333", "555" Talent Project. In addition, 2 professors are Distinguished Technology Expert of Gansu Province ,3 professors are Leading Talent of Gansu Province ,2 professors are Scientist of National Modern Agricultural Technology System, 1 professor is special term professor of Gansu Feitian scholars and 1 professor is chair professor, more than 10 teachers have taken part in many national academic institutes.
CAST has formed a diversified and multi-disciplinary teaching and research system based on graduate and undergraduate programs. During past 66 years, the college has cultivated more than 9117 graduates in animal husbandry fields, among them 101 were doctoral students, 739 postgraduates and 3580 undergraduates, 1203 junior college students, and 3494 self-taught undergraduates. Graduates of CAST from home and abroad have emerged a large number of prestigious experts, scholars, officials and entrepreneurs such as Prof. Yang Zi-heng who has become an academician of Britain Royal Academy of Sciences. At present, there are 2244 students studying in the college, among them 157 students are applying for doctor’s degree or master’s degree, 967 undergraduates, and 1119 self-taught undergraduates.