CASE Institute

Animal Systems

Principles of Agricultural Science—Animal is a foundation-level course engaging students in hands-on laboratories and activities to explore the world of animal agriculture. During the course, students develop a comprehensive Producer’s Management Guide for an animal of their choice.

Student experiences will involve the study of animal anatomy, physiology, behavior, nutrition, reproduction, health, selection, and marketing. For example, students will acquire skills in meeting the nutritional needs of animals while developing balanced, economical rations. Throughout the course, students will consider the perceptions and preferences of individuals within local, regional, and world markets.

Students will explore hands-on projects and activities to learn the characteristics of animal science and work on major projects and problems similar to those that animal science specialists, such as veterinarians, zoologists, livestock producers, and industry personnel, face in their respective careers. Students will investigate, experiment, and learn about documenting a project, solving problems, and communicating their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community.

Teachers are provided detailed professional development to facilitate instruction. Every lesson is aligned with national standards for agriculture, science, mathematics, and English language arts.

Principles of Agricultural Science—Animal areas of study include:

  • History and Use of Animals
  • Animal Handling and Safety
  • Cells and Tissues
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Animal Reproduction
  • Genetics
  • Animal Health
  • Animal Products, Selection and Marketing


University of Missouri campus, Columbia, Missouri.

The Institute will be held in one of the teaching labs in the Ag Engineering Building.


May 26 – June 5, 2020


$2,700 – Includes cost of instruction and materials, housing and all meals in campus dining centers.

Registration Fee must be paid prior to the beginning of the Institute. Please submit a Purchase Order to University of Missouri immediately after registration to confirm that payment will follow. Submit Purchase Orders via fax at 573-884-4444 in care of John Tummons or via postal mail at:

John Tummons
University of Missouri
123 Gentry Hall
Columbia, Missouri 65211

A universal cancellation fee of $250 will be charged for registration cancellations made within 30 days of the start of the institute. In situations of no-show registrations without prior notice, the non-refundable fee will be $1000.

Course Credit

Graduate course credit is available for 3-6 semester hours. Contact Jon Simonsen, Director of Graduate Studies, for details and tuition rates. Out-of-state participants should be eligible for in-state tuition.


On-site check-in is from 3 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26, in College Avenue Dorms. The institute begins at 4:15 p.m. with a technology briefing in the lab, followed by walking tour and dinner. Classes will be held 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27 to Friday, May 29, and starting again on Monday, June 1, and concluding at noon, Friday, June 5. Lunch will be for one hour each day of the conference.


The University of Missouri is located halfway between St. Louis and Kansas City off I-70. For those traveling by air to Missouri, you can fly into one of three airports: Columbia (COU), St. Louis (STL), or Kansas City (MCI). There are no shuttles from the Columbia airport (which is south of town), but you could either get a taxi or rent a car. There is a shuttle service from either STL or MCI that will take you door to door. Travel is not included in the cost of the CASE Institute.


Housing will be provided in the dormitories on the University of Missouri campus. You will have your own sleeping space, but share a bathroom with one other CASE participant. There are other common areas in the dorm for group work and studying. Wired Internet access is available in the dorm rooms (provide your own Ethernet cable) but wireless access will be provided in the campus buildings and common areas of the dorm. Wireless guest access passwords will be provided when you check into the dorm.

Two meals per day (usually breakfast and dinner) will be provided at the Plaza 900 dining hall. There is a variety of food provided daily. Menus will be provided at; concerns about nutrition and allergies can be investigated via the “Zoutrition” link on the main page.

Your other meal (usually lunch) will be based on an allotment provided on your dining card. This will allow you to choose from numerous restaurants on campus. Those locations, including menus and serving times, are located at


Tourism Information: Columbia Visitor’s Bureau

Contact: John Tummons at or call 573-882-9599.


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