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Animal Science and Veterinary Technology

Dr. Steven Lukefahr

Professor, Quantitative Genetics, Rabbit and Beef Production

Welcome to my homepage! As a brief introduction, for generations my family largely had the farming tradition of growing much of their own food from field crops, gardens, and livestock, including hunting and fishing. As a youngster, I managed several of my own livestock enterprises, in particular rabbit and beef cattle. In high school, I was an active FFA member and worked for a local veterinarian. In 1975 I pursued a B.S. degree program in Animal Science at Texas A&I University (now Texas A&M University-Kingsville). While at A&I, I immensely benefited from the nurturing learning environment of caring professors whose focus was to teach students in small classes. One of my professors, Dr. David Crenshaw, taught a course entitled Genetics of Livestock Improvement. This course motivated me to have the career goal of becoming a genetics professor and scientist. In the fall of 1978, I graduated from A&I and was accepted into a graduate program at Oregon State University. It was fortuitous that OSU had just established the Rabbit Research Center where I would become closely affiliated. In 1982, I completed my graduate program, earning M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Animal Breeding & Genetics. While at OSU, I became increasingly aware of world hunger and especially the role that microlivestock can play to help solve this serious problem. From 1983 to 1985, I was employed by Heifer Project International to work for two years in Cameroon, West Africa. There I developed a grass-roots level and sustainable meat rabbit program by training farmers from low-income families. From 1985 through 1993, I was a professor at Alabama A&M University where I taught and directed a rabbit research program. In 1994, I returned to my alma mater. In the past 35 years, I have collaborated with many organizations and rabbit scientists from developing countries and have been especially active in the World Rabbit Science Association. Over my career, I have had the opportunity to work in about 30 developing countries that mostly involved rabbit projects. I often tell my students that certain opportunities only come once in a lifetime and to be ready to take advantage of them when they come along. It has and continues to be a privilege to teach students on subjects ranging from genetics, statistics, contemporary issues, and international animal agriculture.

Curriculum Vitae

Spring 2020 Teaching Schedule

Courses taught:
AGRI 3372             Contemporary Issues [WI]
ANSC 1419            Introduction to Animal Science (Lab)
ANSC 3335            Animal Breeding and Genetics
ANSC 4305/5335   International Animal Agriculture
ANSC 4308/5390   Statistics in Agriculture (4308 or 5390)
ANSC 6335            Quantitative Genetics