The Department of Zootechnics was created in 1967 integrating, with 5 more departments, the Faculty of Agronomy of the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. Currently 18 professors and 05 administrative technicians compose the departament and it is responsible for the disciplines of the courses of Agronomy, Nutrition, Veterinary and Zootechnics (created in 2012).

The Department of Zootechnics along with others departments composes the Postgraduate Program in Zootechnics, which offers training at master's, doctoral and PHD level. Belonging to the Department of Zootechnics, the Animal Nutrition Laboratory provide the services of analysis of ingredients, complete diets and other materials related of animal production to the general public.