About the Pet Food Program

The K-State Pet Food Program is the first-of-its-kind, with research expertise and facilities to explore solutions for food processing and nutritional challenges faced by companion, endangered and captive wild animals. As the nation’s first operational land-grant university and an international leader in global food systems, Kansas State University has the capabilities and industry ties needed to shape the future of food production for pets through this innovative opportunity. The diverse program utilizes the university's expertise including extrusion, thermal processing, canning, baking, sensory analysis, value-added processes and much more. In addition, the Pet Food Program draws proven talent from the departments of Grain Science and Industry; Agricultural Economics; Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health, and Animal Sciences and Industry; as well as the Food Science Institute, Comparative Medicine Group and Advanced Manufacturing Institute.

K-State has a number of units that support the talent, training, and innovation capabilities of the University:

K-State Innovation Partners

K-State Innovation Partners is committed to collaborating with university, industry and communities to deliver a streamlined mission of corporate engagement, technology commercialization and economic development. It is a one-stop shop to assist in creating relationships with the University, whether it be through research projects, talents pipeline, professional development, or other unique engagements that can be tailored to fit your needs.

Knowledge Based Economic Development (KBED)

Knowledge Based Economic Development is a partnership of civic, academic and private sector entities collaborating to support and attract new and growing companies in Manhattan, Kansas by leveraging unique capabilities and infrastructure available at Kansas State University.

KSU Foundation

The Kansas State University Foundation manages a portfolio of real estate assets adjacent to Kansas State University available for rent by corporate partners, and acts as the official fundraising organization for Kansas State University.