AFA Animal Institute

The AFA Animal Institute is held annually in the heart of the Animal Health Corridor. This Institute is open to all college students to promote understanding of the Corridor and animal-related career opportunities, as well as to connect industry leaders with future talent.  Approximately 70 students are selected each year to travel to Kansas City for this two-day event. The itinerary typically includes area visits to animal health services and business, as well as an organizational overview and welcome by staff leadership. The event also features an industry dinner where corporate leaders and student participants are able to connect and summarize their experiences. Following the day of industry tours, students participate in panels and discussions about various aspects of the animal industry.

Want to learn more? Check out the archive!  

***Quick Fact – In 2012, over 80 percent of AFA Animal Institute participants said prior to the event they did not know the Animal Health Corridor existed or were unaware of the plethora of opportunities it offered.

For Students

Students must be selected to take part in this opportunity. Applications are typically available in January of each year and due in mid-February. Participants are selected based on industry and leadership involvement, career goal and articulation of the benefit of the program to their career development. This opportunity is currently available to full-time students pursuing a 4-year degree with intentions on entering the workforce in an agricultural related profession.

For Industry

Connect with top talent in your own backyard! Don't miss this chance to get involved with the AFA Animal Health Corridor tour by taking advantage of one of the following sponsorship opportunities:

Tour Host Sponsors

Provide an interactive 1-2 hour meeting at your primary business location to include but not limited to a tour of the local facilities (as able and relevant) and an overview of the business structure and culture.
  • Include comments by management as to the nature of the organization and primary business/career opportunities available, allowing for question and answer time
  • Provide lunch for approximately 15 people on-site (12-13 students plus chaperons)
  • Represent business (up to 2 people) at closing reception and dinner with all program participants (24-25 students) (optional)

Dinner Sponsors/Table Hosts

Several organizations are invited to host reception and dinner for program participants.
  • Donation to AFA to cover meal and program costs
  • Invitation for up to 4 representatives from each host organization to attend

Interested in participating in the 2014 AFA Animal Institute? Contact AFA


April 12-14, 2015, Kansas City, Missouri

For Students: 

For Industry:

Interested in bringing the tour to your business? Want to be a tour sponsor? Contact AFA

AFA Animal Institute Archive:

2014 AFA Animal Institute

2013 AFA Animal Institute

2012 AFA Animal Institute

2011 AFA Animal Institute

2014 Animal
Institute Partners
Merck Animal Health

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