Discover the next generation of pet food researchers and innovators

Back by popular demand, the Student Career Center at Petfood Forum 2019 will feature academic pet food research conducted by undergraduate and graduate students. Students will present non-commercial oral presentations and posters on relevant pet food-related research.

The Student Career Center is designed to give the industry a chance to see the latest in academic pet food research as well as gain access to those entering the industry in the next few years. Two sessions have been scheduled for oral presentations.

Presentation topics will include new research on companion animal research; novel ingredients and potential applications in pet food or treat formulations; new information, techniques or processes for new product development in pet food; new research, technology or processes for pet food production; new research, technology or processes on pet food packaging; and new, specific research on one focused aspect of pet food safety.

Participating universities

Cornell University | Iowa State University | Kansas State University | University of Baja California | University of California, Davis | University of Illinois | University of Minnesota | University of Missouri | University of Nebraska, Lincoln |University of Arkansas | Texas A&M University

Meet and interview top-notch students

Meet talented students from across the country who are interested in careers in pet food by attending Petfood Forum’s annual Student Program.

Undergraduate and graduate students from, but not limited to, the following variety of majors will be in attendance:

  • Companion animal
  • Nutrition
  • Poultry
  • Ingredient technologies
  • Food technologies
  • Process engineering
  • Manufacturing engineering
  • Packaging technology

Job & resume board

New to Petfood Forum 2019 Student Program, a jobs board is available for companies to post internships and entry level positions. This feature allows pet food companies to post information about open opportunities and browse student resumes so you can find students to speak with at the event.

Unable to attend but still want your job opportunities presented to students? Send job postings and contact information to Gabriella at All opportunities will be reviewed before posting.

Meet & greets


Students will be participating in a private workshop prior to the commencement of Petfood Forum. All attendees are invited to arrive 30 minutes early for the opening reception to meet with students as they exit this skills-building workshop, ready to meet with you.


Students will be available during breakfast, if you’d like to take a few minutes to say hello, set up meetings or interviews for later in the afternoon, give career advice, or tips on how to work the show.

Sponsor a student

Sponsorship opportunities

  • Student registration: $275
  • Travel sponsorship: $500
  • Hotel sponsorship: $600

*Interested Sponsors, please contact Karen at

* Interested in sponsoring a student with certain qualifications? Ask for more information!

Petfood Forum 2019 is scheduled for April 29-May 1 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. During the must-attend event, attendees will have numerous opportunities to network and conduct business during nightly receptions, time on the expanded Exhibit Hall floor and through the connect feature on the Petfood Forum app. Additionally, the 2019 event will feature globally recognized experts presenting on a variety of topics including nutrition, ingredients, marketing, processing and food safety.

Registration is now open for the industry’s most unique event focused on how pet food and treats are formulated, processed, packaged, distributed, marketed and sold.

Is your company looking for new talent to recruit and hire? Special rates are available for Human Resource professionals to attend Petfood Forum. 

2019 Student Program sponsored by: