This unique major recognizes that companion animals, including horses, are playing an increasingly significant role in society. Many of these species are trained for search and rescue, narcotics detection, and as service animals to provide greater independence for the physically challenged. Sports that involve companion animals continue to increase in popularity and new roles for companion animals include animal assisted therapy or animal assisted activities to improving the well-being of individuals. In this major, students will develop an understanding of the physiology, nutrition, and behaviour of these animals, the evolving role of companion animals, and the sociology/psychology of the human-animal bond. Students will also have the opportunity to engage in research involving human-animal interactions. Graduates from this major will be well prepared for application to DVM programs if their interest is in companion animal medicine (including equine medicine) and postgraduate programs focusing on the role of companion animals in society. Graduates will also be prepared for employment in the many industries that support companion and performance animals.