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


Recent journal articles

Sahebi Ala, F., Hassanabadi, A., & Golian, A. (2021). Effect of replacement different methionine levels and sources with betaine on blood metabolites, breast muscle morphology and immune response in heat-stressed broiler chickens. Italian Journal of Animal Science, 20 (1), 33-45.
Nooshin Taghizadegan, Mohsen Firoozrai, Nassiri, M., & Ariannejhad, H. (2021). A Novel Strategy for Engineering of a Smart Generation of Immune Ribonucleases against EGFR+ Cells. Journal of Cellular Physiology, (1), 1-10.
Goshayeshi, L., Yousefi Taemeh, S., Dehdilani, N., Nassiri, M., Ghahramani Seno, M., & Dehghani, H. (2021). CRISPR/dCas9‐mediated transposition with specificity and efficiency of site‐directed genomic insertions. The FASEB Journal, 35 (2), -.
Nina Shemshad, Leila Roozbeh Nasiraie, & Majidzadeh Heravi, R. (2021). Isolation of Probiotic Lactobacilli Bacteria from Traditional Naein Dairy Product (Koome). , 15 (1), 85-106.
Azizaliabadi, F., Hassanabadi, A., Golian, A., & Zerehdaran, S. (2021). Optimisation of broilers performance to different dietary levels of fibre and different levels and sources of fat from 0 to 14 days of age. Italian Journal of Animal Science, 20 (1), 395-405.
Khatibi, S., Zarghi, H., & Golian, A. (2021). Effect of diet nutrients density on performance and egg quality of laying hens during the post-peak production phase of the first laying cycle under subtropical climate. Italian Journal of Animal Science, 20 (1), 559-570.
Razzaghi, A., Malekkhahi, M., Valizadeh, R., Ehsan Parand, & Ali-reza Bayat (2021). Modulation of ruminal pH, milk fat secretion, and biohydrogenation intermediates by alkalizing agents in dairy cows fed starch-rich diets. Livestock Science, 248 (), 104485-104493.
Samsami, R., Rohani, A., Vahideh Heidarian Miri, & Ebrahimi, S. (2021). Operational conditions of micronized maize grains assessed by modelling ruminal in vitro gas production data and three steps method. Iranian Journal of Applied Animal Science, 11 (4), 655-668.
Yarabbi, H., Mortazavi, S., Yavarmanesh, M., & Javadmanesh, A. (2021). Molecular cloning, gene overexpression and characterization of glutamate decarboxylase from Enterococcus faecium DO. LWT- Food Science and Technology, 148 (111699), 111699-111699.
Javadmanesh, A., Mo, E., Mousavi, S., Azghandi, M., & Abbas Tanhaeian (2021). Antibacterial effects assessment on some livestock pathogens, thermal stability and proposing a probable reason for different levels of activity of thanatin. Scientific Reports, 11 (10890), 1-10.
Ghavi, S., Zarghi, H., & Golian, A. (2021). Estimation of digestible sulphur amino acids requirements for growth performance and immune responses to Newcastle disease and avian influenza vaccination in broilers. Italian Journal of Animal Science, 20 (1), 1002-1014.
Danesh Mesgaran, M., Fadaee, S., & Vakili, S. (2021). In Vitro Effect of the Inorganic Buffers in the Diets of Holstein Dairy Cow Varying in Forage: Concentrate Ratios on the Rumen Acid Load and Methane Emission. Iranian Journal of Applied Animal Science, 11 (3), 485-496.
A. Shabani, F.boldaji, B.dastar, T.ghoorchi, Zerehdaran, S., & A.ashayerizadeh (2021). Evaluation of increasing concentrations of fish waste silage in diets on growth performance, gastrointestinal microbial population, and intestinal morphology of broiler chickens. Animal Feed Science and Technology, 275 (10), 114874-114886.
Bakhshalizadeh, S., Zerehdaran, S., & Javadmanesh, A. (2021). Meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies and gene networks analysis for milk production traits in Holstein cows. Livestock Science, 250 (), 104605-104619.
Hossein Barzegar, Nassiri, M., Khadijeh Nasiri2, & Sara Mousavi (2021). Recombinant Expression and Characterization of Endoglucanase Isolated from Iranian Bacillus Subtilis. Journal of Applied Biotechnology Reports, 8 (2), 133-140.
Teymuri, M., & Hassanabadi, A. (2021). Influence of corn conditioning temperature and enzyme supplementation on growth performance, nutrient utilisation and intestine morphology of broilers fed mash corn-soy diets. Italian Journal of Animal Science, 20 (1), 1015-1028.
Rahnama Vosough, P., Habibi Najafi, M., Edalatian Dovom, M., Javadmanesh, A., & Baltasar Mayo (2021). Evaluation of antioxidant, antibacterial and cytotoxicity activities of exopolysaccharide from Enterococcus strains isolated from traditional Iranian Kishk. Journal of Food Measurement and Characterization, 15 (6), 5221-5230.
Saliani, M., Amin Mirzaiebadizi, Javadmanesh, A., Akram Siavoshi, & Mohammad Reza Ahmadian (2021). KRAS-related long noncoding RNAs in human cancers. Cancer Gene Therapy, 28 (9), 1-10.
Nassiri, M., Azadeh Safarch, Vakili Azghandi, M., Vinod Gopalan, Doosti, M., Shahrokh Ghovvati, & Movassaghi, A. (2021). VEGF-C and p53 Gene Expression in the Normal and Neoplastic Mammary Gland of Canines: A Pilot Study. Journal of Cell and Molecular Research, (), -.
Kamali, S., Javadmanesh, A., Lukasz L. Stelinski, Tina Kyndt, Seifi, A., Cheniany, M., Zaki Aghl, M., Hosseini, M., Mahyar Heydarpour, Javad Asili, & Karimi, J. (2021). Beneficial worm allies warn plants of parasite attack below‐ground and reduce above‐ground herbivore preference and performance. Molecular Ecology, 31 (2), 691-712.
Hosseini Nezhad, S., Zarghi, H., & Golian, A. (2021). Effect of digestible threonine on performance, egg quality, blood metabolites, and immune responses in laying hens fed a wheat-based diet in the second cycle. Italian Journal of Animal Science, 20 (1), 2134-2146.
Sahebi Ala, F., Hassanabadi, A., Golian, A., & Hossein Rajaei-sharifabadi (2021). Effects of replacement different levels and sources of methionine with betaine on jejunal morphology, duodenal mitochondrial respiration, and lipid peroxidation in heat-stressed broiler chickens. Italian Journal of Animal Science, 20 (1), 1601-1611.
Taqi A. Abdullah, Sajed S. Al-noor, & Javadmanesh, A. (2021). Genetic distance of anadromous Tenualosa ilisha (Hamilton, 1882) in Shatt al-Arab River based on partial sequencing of mitochondrial DNA. Agriculture and Natural Resources, 55 (5), 849-854.
Ebadi Tabrizi, A., Tahmoorespur, M., & Esmaeil Ebrahimie (2021). Resensitizing resistant Escherichia Coli ST131 to Macrolide using Fluoroquinolones. Journal of Advanced Pharmacy Education and Research, 11 (4), 29-34.
Roshanak, S., Shahidi, F., Tabatabaei Yazdi, F., Javadmanesh, A., & Jebraeil Movaffagh (2021). Buforin I an alternative to conventional antibiotics: Evaluation of the antimicrobial properties, stability, and safety. Micobial Pathogenesis, 161 (), 105301-105301.
Ebadi Tabrizi, A., Tahmoorespur, M., & Esmaeil Ebrahimie (2021). ABC Transporters are Hub Genes in Response of Resistant E. Coli ST131 to Ciprofloxacin. Archives of Pharmacy Practice, 12 (3), 82-88.
Majidzadeh Heravi, R., Ghiasvand, M., Rezaei, E., & Kargar, F. (2021). Assessing the viability of three Lactobacillus bacterial species protected in the cryoprotectants containing whey and maltodextrin during freeze‐drying process. Letters in Applied Microbiology, 74 (4), 505-512.
Mohsen Kazemi, & Valizadeh, R. (2021). The effect of dietary supplementation of ensiled pomegranate by-products on growth performance, nutrient digestibility, haematology parameters and meat characteristics of fat-tail lambs. Italian Journal of Animal Science, 20 (1), 1532-1543.
Kamel Orumieh, S., Naserian, A., Lieven Van Meulebroek, Ellen De Paepe, Valizadeh, R., & Lynn Vanhaecke (2021). Metabolic Fingerprinting of Feces from Calves, Subjected to Gram-Negative Bacterial Endotoxin. Metabolites, 11 (2), 108-127.
H. Rajaei Sharifabadi, Naserian, A., Nassiri, M., & W. Bottje (2021). Relationship of Mitochondrial Biogenesis and Phenotypic Expression of Residual Feed Intake in Fat‐Tailed Lambs. Iranian Journal of Applied Animal Science, 11 (1), 117-122.
M. Chaji1, Naserian, A., & Valizadeh, R. (2021). Use of Steam Treated Sugarcane Pith in the Diet of Finishing Calves as a Replacement for Low Grain Corn Silage. Iranian Journal of Applied Animal Science, 11 (4), 717-724.
Malekkhahi, M., Naserian, A., Rahimi, A., Ali Bazgir, D. Vyas, & Razzaghi, A. (2021). Effects of ground, steam-flaked, and super-conditioned corn grain on production performance and total-tract digestibility in dairy cows. Journal of Dairy Science, 104 (6), 6756-6767.
Kamel Orumieh, S., L. Vanhaecke, Valizadeh, R., L. Van Meulebroek, & Naserian, A. (2021). Effect of nanocurcumin and fish oil as natural anti-inflammatory compounds vs. glucocorticoids in a lipopolysaccharide inflammation model on Holstein calves’ health status. Heliyon, 7 (1), e05894-e5902.
Rahmat Ababakri, Omid Dayani, A. Khezri, & Naserian, A. (2021). Effects of extruded flaxseed and dietary rumen undegradable protein on reproductive traits and the blood metabolites in Baluchi ewes. Journal of Animal and Feed Sciences, 30 (3), 214-222.
Rahmat Ababakri, Omid Dayani, Amin Khezri, & Naserian, A. (2021). Influence of flaxseed with rumen undegradable protein level on milk yield, milk fatty acids and blood metabolites in transition ewes. Journal of Animal Science and Technology, 63 (3), 475-490.
Morteza Kordi, Naserian, A., Valizadeh, R., & Tahmasbi, A. (2021). EFFECT OF DIFFERENT SOURCES OF PECTIN-RICH BY-PRODUCTS SUBSTITUTED FOR BARLEY GRAIN ON THE PERFORMANCE OF HOLSTEIN DAIRY COWS. Slovak Journal of Animal Science, 54 (3), 121-129.
Danesh Mesgaran, M., Kargar, H., Sadjad Danesh Mesgaran, & Javadmanesh, A. (2021). Peripartal Rumen-Protected L-Carnitine Manipulates the Productive and Blood Metabolic Responses in High-Producing Holstein Dairy Cows. Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 8 (), -.
Dadvand, A., Kermanshahi, H., Majidzadeh Heravi, R., & Javadmanesh, A. (2021). Effect of Scrophularia striata Extract on Performance, Intestinal Microbial and Histo-morphometry, and Blood Parameters in Broilers under Normal or Challenged Condition with E. Coli. Poultry Science Journal, 9 (2), 207-219.

Recent research projects

Sekhavati, Mohammad Hadi,tahmoorespur, Mojtaba,javadmanesh, Ali,ahmadian, Monire (2021). Generation of an engineered food grade Lactococcus lactis strain for production of mutated peptide
Nassiri, Mohammadreza, (2021). Targeting PCNA with monobodies as the main component in DNA replication and repair via molecular dynamics simulation approach

Contact Information

Iran, Mashhad, Azadi Square, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Animal Science

Phone: +985138804633-5736

Fax: +985138807141