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Pet Food Program

Thank you for visiting our site. The Pet Food Program was started in 2011 to provide an academic home for the emerging area of pet food and companion animal nutrition sciences. People love their pets. Some 350 million pets live in more than two-thirds of our homes. But, there have been few places to explore the science behind this novel food category.

To answer this shortcoming, the Pet Food Program was started by a cross-campus faculty led team. This team is comprised of dedicated individuals with a personal interest in providing a coordinated and professional program to address talent, training and expertise in this underserved area.

Kansas and this region has a very significant presence in the pet food manufacturing industry. Kansas State University has a long history in animal food and nutrition research and training, and the campus has a strong culture of working with animals and industry. While pets may seem like a luxury to many, they serve an important need in many lives. The industry adds value to agriculture and food production, and provides a significant employment base.

This program at K-State is the right place to explore and learn about pet foods and companion animal sciences.

We hope you will explore all we have to offer and find the information helpful about our various supporting units and training programs.

Please connect with us through the Institute of Commercialization or any of the specific centers.

The best to you and your furry friends,

Greg Aldrich

Greg Aldrich, PhD
Research Associate Professor, Grain Science & Industry
Pet Food Program Coordinator