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In 2010 the Animal and Range Sceince department added an emphasis in Companion Animals taught by Dr. Gaylene Fasenko. The companion animal industry is growing yearly, according to the American Pet Products Association (APPA) yearly spending on companion animals in the United States has increased since 1994 ($17 billion) to the current high of $60 billion in 2014! As the companion animal industry grows, so will the need for animal scientists that have a special knowledge of companion animals.

The companion animal courses offered in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences cover the domestication, history, physiology, husbandry, human-animal bond, and health and diseases of the many different types of animals that society now views as 'companions'. While the focus of the program is on the two most popular pets in the U.S. (dogs and cats) other animal species such as birds, rodents, reptiles, and even amphibians are studied. Students from all around campus are able to take the companion animal classes, one being a viewing a wider world class. Students are able to receive a minor in Human-Animal Interactions through the Department of Animal and Range Sciences. There is flexibility for students to take a companion animal industry or science option.

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