My Story

Much like others who have discovered the field of animal science, it started with a love of animals and the idea of becoming a veterinarian. Growing up, there was always an animal presence in our home; for us it was always dogs and birds. While in college, studying animal science, I quickly learned there was more to the animal sciences than veterinary medicine! With this newfound knowledge, I decided to pursue animal science research to answer questions about animal physiology and use these answers to improve their health and well-being. I also developed a love and passion for goats! My goals now are to pass on the knowledge, passion, and experiences to students that share a love and passion for animals!

Education

  • B.S. Agriculture, Texas A&M University - Kingsville
  • M.S. Animal Science, Texas A&M University - Kingsville
  • Ph.D. Animal Science, University of Missouri

Research Interests

  • Animal Science/Animal Physiology
  • Plant-based anthelmintics (de-wormers)
  • Animal Endocrinology

Courses Taught

  • ENS 2160 - Introduction to Animal Science
  • BIO 1160 - General Biology
  • BIO 3511 - Animal Physiology

Crews and Other Activities

  • Member - American Society of Animal Science
  • Volunteer - DFW Pug Rescue Club

Contact Dr. Benavides

828-771-3052
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