The purpose of the University of Idaho Meat Science Laboratory is to provide a facility to conduct teaching, research and public service activities of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Department of Animal, Veterinary and Food Sciences. It is devoted to the development of science, the application of that science and to the solution of the problems in animal and meat science.
The purpose of Vandal Brand Meats is to provide a sales outlet to sell the meat products generated by these activities. These sales help compensate for the cost of the livestock, supplies, student labor and maintenance of the facilities. Although the Vandal Brand Meats name has been in use since 1988, the facility has been on campus for more than 40 years.