History of the Companion Animal Program

The University of Illinois Department of Animal Sciences began the Companion Animal Program in 1974 when Dr. D. E. Becker hired Dr. Jim Corbin from Ralston Purina to establish the first companion animal program in the nation.

Currently, the companion animal program is managed by Drs. de Godoy and Swanson. Our history poster includes a full, detailed history of the companion animal program throughout the years.