About Companion Animals in Animal and Rangeland Sciences

The companion animal program, within the Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences, fosters growth for undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in pursuing a career related to the companion animal industry or working with confined wildlife. Areas of emphasis are animal health and reproduction, applied animal behavior and cognition, companion animal industry, and market trends. Several undergraduate courses are available in these areas, providing a strong companion animal component to the Animal Sciences curriculum including:

  • Applied Animal Behavior
  • Animal Genetics
  • Animal Learning
  • Companion Animal Management
  • Companion Animal Nutrition
  • Companion Animal Production
  • Common Diseases of Companion Animals

In addition, the companion animal program facilitates undergraduate internships (both paid and unpaid) from 1-12 credit hours. Areas of emphasis have included: breeding and training hunting dogs, monitoring sled dogs during races, veterinary medicine (small animal, large animal, emergency, and shelter medicine), exotic animals, and wild animals.

Ongoing research includes investigations into the health (with a focus on canine reproductive physiology), well-being, and behavior of companion and captive animals. This research is conducted both on campus and within the local community through participation of pet owners, local animal shelters, and other animal organizations. Research studies involving captive animals are conducted in collaboration with facilities such as Wolf Park, located in Battle Ground, Indiana. Opportunities are often available for graduate and undergraduate student involvement in research.