The Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois was the first in the U.S. to establish a program in companion animal biology, out of a desire to serve those students more interested in companion animals as compared with livestock or poultry.
Today, our Companion Animal Biology and Humane Education program provides training in the basic sciences of companion animals as well as the human-animal interactions that so strongly affect our lives and society.
Our research program focuses heavily on nutrition and has made monumental contributions to the pet food industry. Our teaching and research programs are complemented by an active outreach component that focuses on promoting responsible and humane animal care. Ultimately, our students are provided with the tools necessary to pursue a diverse range of careers related to companion animals.