Animal sciences departments need to consider offering more training in companion animal biology, assert Neal R. Merchen and Linda P. Case, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, USA. A curriculum in companion animal biology has been developed at the University of Illinois. Courses are taught in Companion Animal Biology (general survey of all disciplines related to companion animals) and Human-Companion Animal Interactions. A course in Companion Animal Nutrition is offered to junior-senior and graduate students. In addition to traditional course work, opportunities exist for student internships with petfood companies, animal shelters and dog training centers. An annual field trip offers students direct exposure to career opportunities in companion animal management, training and nutrition.