Department of Animal Science

Department of Animal Science at the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the fields of Animal Nutrition, Animal Genetics and Breeding, Animal Biotechnology, Farm Animal Physiology and Management. The Department was nominated and selected as “The Center for Excellence in Animal Science” in 2000 for a 10 year duration. The research priority in this department is “The application of Agricultural Sciences in farms and the effective utilization of agricultural by-products for milk, meat and egg production”.

The aim of the Department of Animal Science which was established in 1975 is to train undergraduate students as experts for working in farms managing the production units. For the postgraduate students the aim is to make them capable of planning, doing research, advising animal and agricultural farms and feeding pre-parathion industries. There is a strong tradition of training outstanding students and researchers in the field of Animal Science in our department in the Khorasan Razavi province, North-East of Iran.

The Master’s program (launched in 1987) attempts to train MS students to become capable of carrying out research in the fields of Animal Nutrition, Animal Physiology, Animal Nutrition, Genetics, Poultry Nutrition as well as supervision of farm animals and feed.

Educational areas of specialization in the M.S. program are: Genetics and Breeding, Animal Physiology, Animal Nutrition, Poultry Nutrition

In the Ph.D. program we aim to train students to become capable of solving animal production problems through appropriate research with respect to environmental sustainability. We also try to develop effective teaching skills in Ph.D. students.

Educational areas of specialization in the Ph.D. program are: Ruminant Nutrition, Animal Genetics and Breeding, Poultry Nutrition. More

Head of the Department of Animal Science
Seyed Alireza Vakili
Associate Professor
Department of Animal Science

Concentration areas offered by the Department of Animal Science
Areas Bachelor's Master's Ph.D
Animal Science
Animal Genetics and Breeding
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Animal Nutrition  -
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Poultry Nutrition
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Animal Physiology -
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Academic staff

Mohsen Danesh Mesgaran
Seyed Hadi Ebrahimi
Assistant Professor
Abolghasem Golian
Ahmad Hassanabadi
Ali Javadmanesh
Assistant Professor
Hassan Kermanshahi
Reza Majidzadeh Heravi
Assistant Professor
Abbas Ali Naserian
Mohammadreza Nassiri
Mohammad Hadi Sekhavati
Assistant Professor
Mohammad Mahdi Shariati
Assistant Professor
Abdol Mansour Tahmasbi
Mojtaba Tahmoorespur
Seyed Alireza Vakili
Associate Professor
Reza Valizadeh
Heydar Zarghi
Assistant Professor
Saeed Zerehdaran


Recent journal articles

Kermanshahi, H., Ghofrani Tabari, D., Khodambashi Emami, N., Daneshmand, A., & S. A. Ibrahim (2017). Effect of in ovo injection of threonine on immunoglobulin A gene expression in the intestine of Japanese quail at hatch. Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition, 0 (0), 1-5.
Ebrahimi Ebrahim, Sobhani Rad Saeid, & Zarghi, H. (2017). Effect of Triticale Level and Exogenous Enzyme in The Grower Diet on Performance, Gastrointestinal Tract Relative Weight, Jejunal Morphology and Blood Lipids of Japanese Quail(Coturnix Japonica). Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology, 19 (0), 569-580.
Hassan Saleh, Golian, A., Kermanshahi, H., & Mohammad Taher Mirakzehi (2017). Effects of dietary α- tocopherol acetate, pomegranate peel, and pomegranate peel extract on phenolic content, fatty acid composition, and meat quality of broiler chickens. Journal of Applied Animal Research, 45 (1), 629-636.
Mohammad Nasehia, Nor Mohammad Torbatinejad, Zerehdaran, S., & Amir Reza Safaie (2017). Effect of solid-state fermentation by oyster mushroom (Pleurotus florida) on nutritive value of some agro by-products. Journal of Applied Animal Research, 45 (1), 221-226.
Karami, K., Zerehdaran, S., Tahmoorespur, M., Barzanooni, B., & E. Lotfi (2017). Genetic evaluation of weekly body weight in Japanese quail using random regression models. British Poultry Science, 58 (1), 13-18.
Nassiri, M., M. Elahi Torshizi, Sh. Ghovvati, & Doosti, M. (2017). Evaluation of different statistical methods using SAS software: an in silico approach for analysis of real-time PCR data. Journal of Applied Statistics, 45 (2), 306-319.
M. Sharifi, M. Bashtani, Naserian, A., & H. Farhangfar (2017). The Effect of increasing levels of date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.) seed on the performance, ruminal fermentation, antioxidant status and milk fatty acid profile of Saanen dairy goats. Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition, 101 (1), 1-10.
Khodambashi Emami, N., Golian, A., D. D. Rhoads, & Danesh Mesgaran, M. (2017). Interactive effects of temperature and dietary supplementation of arginine or guanidinoacetic acid on nutritional and physiological responses in male broiler chickens. British Poultry Science, 58 (1), 87-94.
Rahmani, M., Golian, A., Kermanshahi, H., & Bassami, M. (2017). Effects of curcumin and nanocurcumin on growth performance, blood gas indices and ascites mortalities of broiler chickens reared under normal and cold stress conditions. Italian Journal of Animal Science, 16 (3), 438-446.
Danesh Mesgaran, M., Malekjahani, F., Vakili, S., Morteza Sadeghi, & Peiqiang Yu (2017). A novel approach to determine synchronization index oflactating dairy cow diets with minimal sensitivity to random variations. Animal Feed Science and Technology, 225 (1), 143-156.
Tabatabaie Yazdy, F., Golian, A., Zarghi, H., & Varidi, M. (2017). Effect of wheat-soy diet nutrient density and guanidine acetic acid supplementation on performance and energy metabolism in broiler chickens. Italian Journal of Animal Science, 16 (4), 593-600.
Daneshmand, A., Kermanshahi, H., Danesh Mesgaran, M., Annie J. King, Salam A. Ibrahim, & Kirk C. Klasing (2017). Combination of purine and pyrimidine nucleosides influences growth performance, gut morphology, digestive enzymes, serum biochemical indices and immune functions in broiler chickens. Animal Feed Science and Technology, 228 (6), 186-193.
Aminipour, H., Naserian, A., Vakili, S., & Tahmasbi, A. (2017). Effect of Essential Plant Oil Used as an Additive to Alter Silage Fermentation in Ruminant by In Vitro. Biosciences Biotechnology Research Asia, 14 (1), 145-152.
Golzarian, M., Soltanali, H., Doosti Irani, O., & Ebrahimi, S. (2017). Possibility of early detection of bovine mastitis in dairy cows using thermal images processing. Iranian Journal of Applied Animal Science, 7 (4), 549-557.
Mohsen Kazemi, Ameneh Eskandary Torbaghan, Tahmasbi, A., Naserian, A., & Valizadeh, R. (2017). Effects of phosalone consumption via feeding with or without sodium bentonite on performance, blood metabolites and its transition to milk of Iranian Baluchi sheep. Journal of Animal Science and Technology, 59 (10), 1-11.
O. Ashayerizadeh, B. Dastar, F. Samadi, M. Khomeiri, A. Yamchi, & Zerehdaran, S. (2017). Study on the chemical and microbial composition and probiotic characteristics of dominant lactic acid bacteria in fermented poultry slaughterhouse waste. Waste Management, 65 (0), 178-185.
Sajadian, M., Danesh Mesgaran, M., & Vakili, S. (2017). The Effects of Various Essential Oils of Medical Plant Seeds and Spices on Digestion Characteristics and Population Changes of Ruminal Anaerobic Fungi in in vitro Condition. Iranian Journal of Applied Animal Science, 7 (2), 211-220.
Kheirkhah Z, ,hassani S, Zerehdaran, S., Ahani Azari M, Sekhavati, M., & Salehinasab M (2017). Polymorphism of the SCNN 1g Gene and its Association with Eggshell Quality. Poultry Science Journal, 5 (1), 51-55.
Kermanshahi, H., Majidzadeh Heravi, R., Attar, A., Abbasipour, A., E.bayat, Hoseinzade, M., Daneshmand, A., & Sa.ibrahim (2017). Effects of Acidified Yeast and Whey Powder on Performance, Organ Weights, Intestinal Microflora, and Gut Morphology of Male Broilers. Brazilian Journal of Poultry Science, 19 (2), 309-316.
Daneshmand, A., Kermanshahi, H., Danesh Mesgaran, M., Prof. A.j. King, & S.a. Ibrahim (2017). Effect of purine nucleosides on growth performance, gut morphology, digestive enzymes, serum profile and immune response in broiler chicken. British Poultry Science, 58 (5), 536-543.
Daneshmand, A., Kermanshahi, H., Danesh Mesgaran, M., A.j. King, & S.a. Ibrahim (2017). Effects of pyrimidine nucleosides on growth performance, gut morphology, digestive enzymes, serum biochemical indices and immune response in broiler chicken. Livestock Science, 204 (1), 1-6.
Forouharmehr, A., Nassiri, M., Sh. Govvati, & Javadmanesh, A. (2017). Evaluation of Different Signal Peptides for Secretory Production of Recombinant Bovine Pancreatic Ribonuclease A in Gram Negative Bacterial System: an In silico Study. Current Proteomics, 14 (5), 1-10.
Ahmadi Pirlo, M., Ebrahimi-nik, M., Khojastehpour, M., & Ebrahimi, S. (2017). Mesophilic co-digestion of municipal solid waste and sewage sludge: Effect of mixing ratio, total solids, and alkaline pretreatment. International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation, 125 (4), 97-104.
Kheirkhah Z, Hassani S, Zerehdaran, S., Ahani Azari M, Sekhavati, M., & Salehinasab M (2017). Genetic Analyses of Egg Quality in Khorasan Razavi Native Fowl Using the Bayesian Method. Poultry Science Journal, 5 (2), 31-39.
Nabizadeh, A., Golian, A., Hassanabadi, A., & Zerehdaran, S. (2017). Effects of Nutrient Density and exogenous enzymesin Starter Diet on Performance, Intestinal Microflora, Gut Morphology and Immune Response of Broiler Chickens. Brazilian Journal of Poultry Science, 19 (3), 509-518.
Darsi Arani, E., Kermanshahi, H., Nassiri Moghaddam, H., Golian, A., & Gholizadeh, M. (2017). Effect of Magnetized water on invitro calcium carbonate solubility and eggshell breaking strength. Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology, 19 (6), 1495-1505.
Ahmadi, A., Borji, H., Naghibi, A., Nassiri, M., & H. Sharifi Yazdi (2017). Morphological and Molecular (28S rDNA) characterization of Dactylogyrus spp. in Cyprinus carpio and Ctenopharyngodon idella in Mashhad, Iran. Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research, 81 (4), 280-285.
Akbari Moghaddam Kakhki, R., Bakhshalinejad, R., Hassanabadi, A., & P. Ferket (2017). Effects of dietary organic zinc and α- tocopheryl acetate supplements On Growth Performance, Meat Quality, Tissues Minerals, And α-tocopherol Deposition In Broiler Chickens. Poultry Science, 96 (5), 1257-1267.
Attarchi, H., Tahmoorespur, M., M. Ahani Azari, Sekhavati, M., & Mohajer M (2017). Allelic Polymorphism of GH, GHR and IGF-1 Genes and Their Association with Growth and Carcass Traits in Mazandaran Native Fowl. Poultry Science Journal, 5 (1), 25-30.
Safaei, M., Hassanabadi, A., & Tahmoorespur, M. (2017). Role of Nucleotides Supplementation in Reduce Rate of Pulmonary Hypertension Syndrome in Broiler Chickens. Transylvanian Review, 25 (19), 4886-4891.
Karami, K., Zerehdaran, S., Barzanooni, B., & E. Lotfi (2017). Genetic analyses of partial egg production in Japanese quail using multi-trait random regression models. British Poultry Science, 58 (6), 624-628.
Danesh Mesgaran, M., Eyni, B., Vakili, S., & Valizadeh, R. (2017). In Vitro Yield of Microbial-N from Fermentation of Glucogenic and Lipogenic Diets Provided by Different Sources of Rumen Degradable Amino Acids. Journal of Veterinary Science and Technology, 8 (1000453), 1-6.
Hadavi, A., Kermanshahi, H., Nassiri Moghaddam, H., & Golian, A. (2017). Effects of Fennel Extract on Egg Production, Antioxidant Status and Bone Attributes of Laying Hens Administered Carbon Tetrachloride. Poultry Science Journal, 5 (2), 165-171.
Attar, A., Kermanshahi, H., & Golian, A. (2017). Effects of conditioning time and sodium bentonite on pellet quality, growth performance, intestinal morphology and nutrients retention in finisher broilers. British Poultry Science, 6 (12), 1-8.
Sadr, A., Nassiri, M., S. A. Salami, M. R. Bakhtiarizadeh, Tahmoorespur, M., & A. Shafeinia (2017). RNAseq Reveals Novel and Differentially Expressed Isoforms in Native and Commercial Poultry. Journal of Cell and Molecular Research, 9 (1), 16-22.
Mousaie, A., Valizadeh, R., & Chamsaz, M. (2017). Selenium-methionine and chromium-methionine supplementation of sheep around parturition: impacts on dam and offspring performance. Archives of Animal Nutrition, 71 (2), 134-149.
M. Yari, M. Manafi, M. Hedayati, R. Karimi, Valizadeh, R., & A. Jonker (2017). Nutritional Value, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopic Molecular Structures, Mycotoxines and Heavy Metals Concentration of Un‐Ripe, Ripe and Sun‐Dried Fruit from ‘Sultana’ Grapevine for Ruminants. Iranian Journal of Applied Animal Science, 7 (3), 411-420.
Abbassi Daloii, T., Yousefi, S., Sekhavati, M., & Tahmoorespur, M. (2017). Impact of heat shock protein 60KD in combination with outer membrane proteins on immune response against Brucella melitensis.. APMIS, 1 (1), 1-11.
Danesh Mesgaran, M., Hosseini, S., Vakili, S., & Naserian, A. (2017). Effect of Additives on In Vitro Intestinal Utilizable Crude Protein in Dairy Cows and Mobile Bag Nutrient Digestibility of Corn, Alfalfa and Whole Barley Silages. Journal of Veterinary Science and Technology, 8 (1000454), 1-9.
M. Sharifi, M. Bashtania, Naserian, A., & H. Farhangfar (2017). Determination of chemical composition, mineral content, antioxidant capacity and rumen degradability in various varieties of wasted date palm. Italian Journal of Animal Science, 16 (3), 507-514.
M. Behgar, Valizadeh, R., Naserian, A., S. Ghasemi, & P. Vahmani (2017). Effect of particle size and partial replacement of alfalfa hay by soya bean hulls on nutrient intake, total tract digestibility and rumen degradability of diets by Holstein steers. Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition, 101 (6), 1159-1165.
Aazami, M., Tahmasbi, A., Forouhar, V., & Naserian, A. (2017). Effects of Sodium Bentonite on Blood Parameters, Feed Digestibility and Rumen Fermentation Parameters of Male Balouchi Sheep Fed Diet Contaminated by Diazinon, an Organophosphate Pesticide. Iranian Journal of Applied Animal Science, 7 (3), 421-428.
Tahmoorespur, M., Nazifi, N., & Pirkhezranian, Z. (2017). In Silico Prediction of B‐Cell and T‐Cell Epitopes of Protective Antigen of Bacillus anthracis in Development of Vaccines Against Anthrax. Iranian Journal of Applied Animal Science, 7 (3), 429-436.
S. A. Kasnavi, M. A. Afshar, Shariati, M., N. E. Jomeh Kashan, & M. Honarvar (2017). Performance evaluation of support vector machine (SVM)-based predictors in genomic selection. Indian Journal of Animal Sciences, 87 (10), 1226-1231.
Beheshti Moghadam, M.h, M. Rezaei, Behgar, M, & Kermanshahi, H. (2017). Effects of Irradiated Flaxseed on Performance,Carcass Characteristics,Blood Parameters,and Nutrient Digestibility in Broiler Chickens. Poultry Science Journal, 5 (2), 153-163.
Abedini, A., Hassanabadi, A., Nazar Afzali, & Kermanshahi, H. (2017). The effect of different dietary levels of Pennyroyal (Mentha Pulegium L.), probiotic and antibiotic on performance, carcass characteristics and, sellected nutrients digestibility in broiler chickens. Archives of Medical Laboratory Sciences, 3 (2), 15-22.
Ebrahimi, S., Valizadeh, R., Vahideh Heidarian Miri, & Peter H. Janssen (2017). A Study of Rumen Microbial Community of Baluchi Lambs Fed a High Concentrate Diet Containing Conventional Ingredients. Advanced Researches in Microbial Metabolites and Technology, 1 (1), 12-21.
A. Ashayerizadeh, B. Dastar, Mahmoud Shams Shargh, Alireza Sadeghi Mahoonak, & Zerehdaran, S. (2017). Fermented rapeseed meal is effective in controlling Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium infection and improving growth performance in broiler chicks. Veterinary Microbiology, 201 (3), 93-102.
A. Gilani, Kermanshahi, H., Gholizadeh, M., & Golian, A. (2017). َAgeicultural water management through magnetization of irrigation and drinking water: a review. Journal of Aridland Agriculture, 3 (1), 23-27.

Recent research projects

Javadmanesh, Ali,azghandi, Marjan (2017). Bioinformatic analysis of antiviral properties of lactoferrin derived from farm animals
Kermanshahi, Hassan,javadmanesh, Ali,daneshmand, Ali (2017). Evaluation of a rich concentrate of omega 3 fatty acids on performance, carcass quality and fatty acid profile of chicken meat from 24-44 days of age
Naserian, Abbas Ali,rahimi, Atieh,shahdadi, Alireza (2017). Evaluation of different ratios of rumen degradable to rumen undegradable protein on performance of Sannen dairy kids
Majidzadeh Heravi, Reza,javadmanesh, Ali (2017). Evalution of gene expression of serine / threonine protein kinase complex in ovary tissue of polycystic rat feed by zinc supplement.
Zerehdaran, Saeed (2017). Genetic analysis of traits related to immune system in Japanese quail using Bayesian approach
Malakzadegan, Ahmad,hassanabadi, Ahmad,khaligh Gharetappe, Farhad (2017). Interactions between in ovo feeding, breeder hens age and time of post-hatch feeding on somatic attributes, oxidative status, pectoral muscle morphology, growth performance, and behavioral variables of broiler chicks
Zarghi, Heydar,golian, Abolghasem,nikbakhtzade, Mahdie (2017). Effect of dietary digestable lysine concentration on performance, meat quality, and blood metabolites in broiler chickens

Contact Information

Iran, Mashhad, Azadi Square, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Animal Science

Phone: +985138804633-5736

Fax: +985138807141