Multispecies Animal Learning Center (MALC)



Just across from Carmenton, the university Innovation District, the world-class Multispecies Animal Learning Center (MALC) will bring people and animals together, and supporting education for students at The Ohio State University, in grades K through 12, and across the lifespan.

This innovative, state-of-the-art facility will facilitate education in essential STEM fields and foster workforce development for the diverse range of careers related to working in animal agriculture.

artist's rendering of multispecies building aerial view
Artist's rendering of MALC front view

Inside the facility, students will have opportunities to gain hands-on experience with swine, equine, poultry, and ruminants, and the public will have a chance to view the workings of modern livestock production.

The multispecies center will sit in the 14th largest metro area in the country, setting it apart from other facilities of its nature.

Artist's rendering of MALC front view
Artist's rendering of MALC front view

This facility is integral to our vision for Waterman as enhancing research, teaching, and outreach activities relevant to industry and to people across the world.


  • offer interdisciplinary teaching and

    research opportunities in animal

    sciences, engineering, food science,

    human nutrition, and health.

  • foster innovation and create a new

    standard of excellence for animal-

    learning programs.

  • provide space for Ohio State University

    Extension and Ohio 4-H youth

    development programs and events.

  • welcome the public for tours that

    will include a public viewing area

    into the animal barns and interactive,

    educational displays.

View the building progress through the live construction camera on the Ohio State Time and Change: Building the Future website.

Schematic Rendering of the MALC