UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
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 can choose between three options to focus their studies:
The Companion Animal emphasis prepares students for all aspects of animal management and care including physiology, nutrition, welfare, behavior and training, and health and veterinary care. The companion animal emphasis 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:
The new service dog training program at UWRF, in partnership with Coco's Heart Dog Rescue, provides companion animal majors with hands-on experience. Students learn to provide socialization, habituation and foundation training to a rescue dog with the hope that the dog enter an advanced service dog training program to help those in need. Dogs not accepted to advanced training upon completion of their training at UWRF would be available for adoption as a companion animal. Service dogs are covered by the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), are trained to support disabled individuals with specific tasks and are allowed to accompany that individual to any public area. The first service dog in training is Mel, adopted by UW-River Falls in February 2016. This program is the first of its kind in the UW System. Read more.