Introduction to Animal Science

Prentice Hall
Leland S. Shapiro  
Total pages
February 2002
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For introductory courses in General Animal Science, Pre Veterinary, Veterinary Technology, and Horse Science.

This text shows students that raising livestock is now a science more than husbandry. The text concentrates on a more applied approach to animal reproduction, genetics, nutrition, breeds, animal health and general management of livestock. (This first edition takes the format of The Science of Animal Husbandry by Blakely and Bade and adds modern science and husbandry).


  • Detailed health sections-Part of the Animal Species chapters.
    • This detailed health information is valuable for all animal science students, regardless of their major. Ex.___

  • Updated Industry Photos.
    • Breed photos, veterinary photos and working college farm laboratory photos increase student understanding of text material (especially useful for the increasing number of animal science students with no previous farm experience). Ex.___

  • Review evaluation questions-Extensive testing of the student's knowledge at the end of each chapter.
    • Keeps the student practicing the gained knowledge at the end of each chapter. Ex.___

  • Additional species-Animals such as the Llama and the Ostrich that have caught the interest of modern agriculture.
    • Includes coverage of new species that have gained popularity. Ex.___

  • Evaluation section-Concluding every chapter in the book.
    • Prepares the student for exams and quizzes. Ex.___

  • Section Summaries-These tables and charts point out important data.
    • Provides students with an easy reference for understanding species similarities and differences. Ex.___

  • Extensive glossary-List of all new terms in animal science that are in the text.
    • Helps the student to comprehend the new terms throughout the text. Ex.___

  • Balanced coverage of animal husbandry and animal science-Discusses the “art” of raising specific species while covering all of the necessary science.
    • Addresses animal rights and animal well-being issues that yield greater productivity. Ex.___

Table of Contents

 1. Overview of Animal Science: Statistics, History, and Future.

 2. Animal Breeding and Genetics.

 3. Animal Reproduction.

 4. Animal Nutrition.

 5. Dairy Industry.

 6. Dairy and Meat Goat Industry.

 7. Beef Production.

 8. Sheep Production.

 9. The Swine Industry.

10. The Poultry Industry.

11. The Equine Industry.

12. The Rabbit Industry.

13. The Camelid (Lamoid) Industry.

14. Ostriches.



Back Cover

Introduction to Animal Science by Leland Shapiro marries the art and science of raising livestock in a healthy, humane and profitable manner by presenting an applied approach to animal reproduction, genetics, nutrition, animal health and general management.

Written for students of general animal science, pre-veterinary, veterinary technology and equine science programs, Shapiro provides the following benefits to his users:

  • Balanced coverage of animal science and animal husbandry - discusses the "art" of raising specific species while covering all of the necessary science. Shapiro addresses animal rights and animal well-being issues, bringing awareness of the ethics of agriculture to students.
  • Broad coverage of species - includes information on dairy cattle, goats, beef cattle, sheep, swine, poultry, horses and rabbits, as well as unusual species, such as the llama and the ostrich, that have recently gained popularity within agricultural sectors.
  • Visual coverage - includes breed photos, veterinary photos and working college farm laboratory photos. This book's art program enhances the learning experience of students with no prior farm experience, as well as those with farm backgrounds.

A free CD ROM with each new copy of this edition features a self-test for every chapter, in a format that is engaging and fun and designed to ensure retention of the course material.


DR. LELAND S. SHAPIRO is the director of the preveterinary science program at Los Angeles Pierce College. He has been a professor of animal sciences for 24 years and is a member of the American Dairy Science Association, Dairy Shrine Club, Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture, and Association of Veterinary Technician Educators, Inc. Dr. Shapiro was a dairy farmer for almost two decades, holds a California State pasteurizer's license, and for 14 years was a certification instructor for artificial insemination. Professor Shapiro is a member of the college's ethics committee and has completed two postdoctoral studies in bioethics. Dr. Shapiro is a University of California-Davis Mentor of Veterinary Medicine, and the recipient of several local college teaching awards as well as the prestigious The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Community College Leadership Program (NISOD) Excellence in Teaching Award, in Austin, Texas.