Discover Companion Animal and Equine Careers

Discover Companion Animal and Equine Careers

Apply by May 1
Graduate with service dog

Exploring Companion Animal and Equine Careers is a NEW Learning Community for 2022-2023! The LC will explore career opportunities with companion animals (dogs, cats, rabbits, etc.), horses and zoo animals. Students will take part in experiences that will make them more marketable in their chosen fields. 

This LC may particularly appeal to students who have a passion for animals, but do not want to pursue veterinary medicine. Students will be supported as they explore a variety of majors and career possibilities, all while maintaining a focus on contact with animals. Possible experiences might include visiting with therapy animals such as dogs or horses or trips to Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Oxbow Animal Health, and Nebraska Wildlife Rehab. Students in the LC will also have the chance to explore animal-related non-profits such as Nebraska Humane Society, Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy (HETRA), or Raptor Recovery. 

Student feeding an alpaca

Community Details

Open To

First-year students who are passionate about pursuing an animal-related career, but are not interested in veterinary medicine



SCIL 101: Science and Decision-Making for a Complex World

ASCI 171: Human-Companion Animal Interactions


ASCI 271: Companion Animal Behavior

NRES 211: Conservation Biology

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