The Department of Animal Science at the University of Zanjan was established in 1975 as the first department of ZNU. The department provides educational leadership through high-quality courses, research and extension/outreach programs. The department offers education and research in undergraduate and postgraduate levels (Msc and PhD). For prospective undergraduates, there are two opportunities in the majors that are housed within the department: Animal Science and poultry science. These majors offer specializations in animal industry, animal biology, avian sciences and livestock production. The opportunities at MSc level are animal and poultry nutrition, animal breeding and genetics (Quantitative and Molecular), animal physiology, and animal and poultry management. The opportunities at PhD level include animal nutrition, poultry nutrition and animal genetics
The department has 13 faculty members including 1 professor, 2 associate professors, 9 assistant professors and one lecturer. The department has a wide range of laboratories including Nutrition Lab, Molecular Genetics Lab, Microbiology Lab, Animal Product Processing Lab and Semen Analysis Lab. The Department also has a farm which offers educational and research services to students.