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Companion Animal and Equine Science

Discover a career outside of traditional food animal or dairy production.

This concentration prepares students for careers in:

  • Human education
  • Animal advocacy & policy
  • Shelter management
  • Animal care and control
  • Companion animal behavior
  • Zoo
  • Racing industry 

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Companion Animal and Equine Science

Future students please contact:

Katelyn Jones-Hamlow
Department of Animal Sciences
182 Animal Sciences Lab or 217-244-8251

Current students please contact:

Lauren Redman
Department of Animal Sciences
188 Animal Sciences Lab or 217-333-2252

Career Opportunity Spotlight

Humane Educator and Investigator

Alicia Schneider

Animal sciences graduate Alicia Schneider turned her passion for animals and education into a career. Alicia currently works for the Champaign County Humane Society as a humane educator and investigator. In this position, she dedicates herself to teaching children and adults about various aspects of pet care and investigating acts of animal cruelty around the community.

“The aspect of my job that I enjoy the most is providing people with knowledge and educational resources to ensure that their pets are given the best possible care and are able to stay in their loving homes,” says Alicia.

While at the University of Illinois, Alicia was involved in multiple student groups that prepared her for her career, including Pre-Vet Club, Companion Animal Club, Production Animal Club, and Teachers for Creatures Club.

Alicia chose to continue her education at the University of Illinois in the agricultural leadership education graduate program to strengthen her teaching abilities and communication skills. In this program she had the opportunity to teach classes, develop public-speaking skills, and create beneficial lesson plans for learners of all ages.

“The hands-on experience that I received at U of I was most beneficial,” says Alicia. “Working directly with different animals and serving as a teaching assistant for a variety of classes was not only enjoyable, but also helped me learn valuable skills that I use daily as a humane educator and investigator.”

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