Animal Health & Nutrition Consortium


To promote innovation and advances in production and companion animal health and welfare, with a special focus on gut health, nutrition, using precision technologies and Artificial Intelligence (AI) big data analytics.

Strong Partnerships — Strong Futures

The Animal Health & Nutrition Consortium (AHNC) is a public/private partnership covering the combined areas of food animal technologies (digital technologies as in sensors, monitors, AI decision support systems), health (control of infectious diseases, vaccination, diagnostics) and nutrition (feed-induced animal health, microbiome modulators).

We are a foundational constituent of the NC State Animal Academy and the CALS Food Animal Initiative. We invite you to join us as an industry member of NC State’s Animal Health & Nutrition Consortium.

The Animal Health and Nutrition Consortium (AHNC) changed its name in 2020. It was previously the Animal Food and Nutrition Consortium (AFNC). The change reflects our broadened scope, to include animal health and precision technologies.


75th Southern Pasture and Forage Crop Improvement Conference

July 26-28, 2022

Hosted by North Carolina State University


Hotel: DoubleTree Hotel, Asheville-Biltmore

SponsorsNC State University

The National AgTech Forum is a new collaborative event series offered by AgLaunch, AgStart, and NCBiotech. These monthly events will provide expert speaker panels sharing information and differing perspectives on key topics relevant to the ag tech industry. Visit our website for future Forum dates, topics, and details. October's event, hosted by AgStart, will highlight two California-based startups in the dairy tech sector. They will discuss their firms and current technology trends that are meeting modern dairy needs.

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NC State Poultry Extension is pleased to announce a new course, developed in collaboration with anprocampus and directed by Edgar Oviedo: Data Analytics for Poultry and Swine Industries.

The course uses practical examples from the industry and real data shared by some of the main integrations of the world. Utilizes JMP, R and Tableau software with poultry and swine examples. Opens the opportunity for customized data analytic projects.

It is a blended course, with self-paced interactive modules and virtual sessions with NC State professors and experts invited from different companies. After completion and evaluation, the course offers an Extension Certificate in Data Analytics for Poultry and Swine Industries.


Dr. Zohreh Mehdipour join AHNC as Research Project Coordinator

Dr. Mehdipour will manage research projects within AHNC. She can answer questions about submitting grant proposals and upcoming events

Sophie Chance, a December 2021 NC State graduate. She is the 1st Place winner of Food Animal Innovation Summit Poster Contest. Here is her story with NC state and experiences with poultry science.

Pivot was the 2020 buzzword. That same flexibility drives professionals’ decisions today as they navigate the current terrain. That’s why Food Animal Innovation Summit organizers got creative when designing this year’s event.

Get to know Sean Chen. The newest addition to the PDPS and CALS faculty, he's a vet with deep research expertise, a range of hobbies and a desire to collaborate while taking on the Research Project Coordinator with the AHNC.

The AFNC has announced its 2019 grant awards - Matt Koci and Sung Woo Kim will both study animal gut health.

Robert Beckstead and Marissa Herchler standing together

The AFNC is pleased to announce its first round of research grant awards.


Poultry and Swine Strength

NC State is the only US university with strengths in poultry, swine and companion animals.

Substantive Results

Public/private partnerships will give us access to grant opportunities otherwise out of reach.

Research Triangle Location

The Research Triangle boasts three R-1 universities and many corporations and start-ups.

Exchange of Ideas

We remove barriers to multi-institutional alliances.

Top Graduates

A pipeline of future talent eager to participate in research and other opportunities.

First Access

Access to emerging technology as it is developed from the university.