Companion Animal Science
A minor in Companion Animal Science provides students with a broad foundation of knowledge in the physiology, anatomy, nutrition, reproduction, welfare, behavior, and husbandry of companion animals. The minor prepares students for all aspects of care and management of companion animals. Pre-veterinary students can utilize the curriculum in preparing for veterinary school.
Careers and outcomes
The companion animal industry has expanded into $62 billion dollar per year industry in the United States alone. The public’s relationship with companion animal continues to drive the growth in this area. Within this industry, there are numerous job opportunities for new graduates.
Improving student credentials by adding a companion animal science minor in their education can make them more desirable in areas such as:
- Pet food industry
- Regulatory agencies
- Pharmaceutical and product sales
- Research and product development
- Staff for breed associations
- Training facilities
- Therapy and rehabilitation centers
- Staff with industry magazines
- Grooming facilities
- Veterinarian (As part of Pre-Vet preparation)
- Shelter or veterinary clinic manager