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This program allows you, as an independent researcher, to address key issues in animal science by applying the scientific method to resolve theoretical and practical problems in the field. You will acquire in-depth training in the science and biotechnology of animal production.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a master’s degree in animal sciences or an equivalent degree.

Applicants who hold a master’s degree in a related field may be eligible. The program director may require applicants who do not hold a master's degree in animal sciences to do qualifying coursework, depending on their previous education and research interests.

Qualifying courses do not count toward program credits. Any coursework requirements will be decided by the director after reviewing the student’s file. 

Applicants must have a grade point average of at least 3.00 out of 4.33 or the equivalent.

French proficiency

The language of instruction at Université Laval is French. Hence, a good knowledge of written and spoken French is highly recommended. 

English proficiency

Although knowledge of English is not a prerequisite for admission, students must be able to read and understand texts in English to successfully complete this program; in many courses, specialized documentation is mainly, if not exclusively, in English. Students who are not proficient enough in English may have difficulty in their studies Students must inquire at registration about the language requirements for their courses and research work. Students must have a good understanding of English and take steps to improve their English proficiency during their program if necessary. 

Université Laval's School of Languages has courses for students wishing to improve their French or English.

Language courses do not count toward program credits.

Research Areas

  • Improving the technical and economic efficiency of different animal production systems 
  • Ethical and legal issues related to the use of animals and the communication of knowledge and innovations
  • Reproductive biotechnology
  • Animal behaviour and well-being
  • Genetics
  • Nutrition
  • Quality and safety of food products of animal origin
  • Environmental protection


For a full list of professors, please refer to the descriptions on the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences website giving their fields of research in animal sciences

A number of professors have an interest in supervising students under the agreement between UL and the CSC. Their areas of expertise and contact information are provided below.