UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Animal and Food Science

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 can choose between three options to focus their studies:

  • Science Option: For those interested in graduate work for veterinary medicine, the science option includes the necessary hours of chemistry, math, and physical and biological sciences.
  • Management Option: Emphasizes business and agricultural economics courses.
  • Minor Option: As an alternative to the management or science option, students can pair the animal science major with an academic minor (for example, minor in ag business or modern languages) to develop a more in-depth understanding of a second area of interest.

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:

  • 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 option
Companion Animal - Science option


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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