UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

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Animal Science

Companion Animal

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Animal and Food Science department conducts one of the leading comprehensive undergraduate animal science programs in the nation. Our students are actively involved in scholastic and extracurricular activities at local, regional, national and international levels.

Students must choose an emphasis to focus their studies:

  • Science emphasis: For those interested in graduate work for veterinary medicine, the science emphasis includes the necessary hours of chemistry, math, and physical and biological sciences.
  • Management emphasis: Emphasizes business and agricultural economics courses.

The companion animal option prepares students for all aspects of animal management and care including physiology, nutrition, welfare, behavior and training, and health and veterinary care. The major provides a balance of science-based curriculum and hands-on experience with animals. This may especially be of interest to students pre-veterinary track intending to pursue veterinary college.

Employment may include positions in the following areas:

  • Animal control and animal welfare
  • Grooming facilities
  • Training facilities
  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary clinic or practice managers
  • Veterinary therapy and/or rehabilitation facilities
  • Writing for magazines, blogs, etc.
  • Animal photographers
  • Pet foods
  • Pharmaceutical sales
  • Research
  • Staff for breed associations

Degree Requirements

Animal Science - Companion Animal major
Animal Science minor

4-Year Completion Plans

Companion Animal Management emphasis
Companion Animal Science emphasis


Find out more about the UWRF ADEPT (Assistance Dog Education Program and Training) pogram (formerly the UWRF Service Dog Training program). This unique internship opportunity offered in partnership with the UWRF companion animal program and PawPADs is the only one of its kind in the UW System.

Contact Us

Animal and Food Science
anfdsci@uwrf.edu
715-425-3704
242 Food Science Addition
590 S. Spruce Street
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