About CSAS

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Our History

beef1historical_240xThe Canadian Society of Animal Science originated from Eastern and Western sections formed over 70 years ago. The Western Canadian Society of Animal Production was organized in 1925 with Professor Sackville from the University of Alberta as its first president. The following year saw the formation of the Eastern Society of Animal Production with Professor Toole from the Ontario Agricultural College as its first president.

A national executive was established in 1951, and in 1971, the name of the Society was changed to the Canadian Society of Animal Science.

The Society was incorporated in 1985. In 1996, CSAS became a founding Associate Member of the Agricultural Institute of Canada (AIC). Further details on the Society are contained in the Official History of the Society 1925-1980, prepared by K. Rasmussen.

Chronology in brief*

  • 1925 Western Canada Society of Animal Production (J.P. Sackville)
  • 1926 Eastern Canada Society of Animal Production (W. Toole)
  • 1951 Canadian Society of Animal Production (J.M. Brown)
  • 1971 Canadian Society of Animal Science (renamed national body)
  • 1985 Canadian Society of Animal Science (CSAS) Incorporated
  • 1993 Eastern branch voted to dissolve transferred to CSAS
  • 1997 Société Canadienne de Science Animale
  • 2000 Western branch voted to dissolve transferred to CSAS

*from the CSAS Handbook

About CSAS

The Canadian Society of Animal Science (CSAS) is a national non-profit organization of persons engaged in extension, production, research, teaching or with a related interest in Livestock or Poultry Industries in Canada. The property and business of the Society is managed by an elected board composed of 12 members and designated the Executive Committee.


  • To facilitate the discovery and dissemination of knowledge in animal science for the benefit of society.


  • Provide opportunities for members to exchange ideas about research, teaching and extention in animal science.
  • Provide public policy related to animal science and the industry.
  • Provide information on scientific issues and public policy related to the animal industries.

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  • Publishing the Canadian Journal of Animal Science - scientific 4 times per year
  • Convening the annual meeting to discuss and conduct CSAS affairs
  • Conducting the annual scientific meeting to address topics of interest to Canadian animal scientists
  • Presenting awards recognizing outstanding achievement of graduate and undergraduate students in Canadian animal science schools and lifetime contribution to the Canadian livestock production
  • Distributing reports on the activities of CSAS and its members
  • Maintaining a liaison with the Canadian Council on Animal Case (CCAC), and when requested, serving on CCAC site assessment panels, preparing position papers on matters concerning animal care and the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) development of Codes of Practice
    • Current representatives on NFACC scientists committees

Become a CSAS Member!

Membership is open to persons currently or previously employed in research, teaching, administration, extension, production, marketing, or otherwise interested in any field pertaining to the animal industry. There are three categories for membership including regular members, retired members, and student members (undergraduate or graduate). Student applicants must complete the education profile when signing up. 

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Become an ASAS member

Membership is open to individuals, organizations, or firms interested in research and application, instruction, or extension in animal science or associated with the production, processing, marketing, or distribution of livestock and livestock products.

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