This club promotes the enjoyment of companion animals through related activities such as volunteer opportunities and social events while providing career and educational resources for members. They have monthly meetings with guest speakers, an exciting field trip each semester, and a number of service and social events throughout the year!
The Hoof and Horn Club is the University of Illinois chapter of the National Block and Bridle Association. The club's main objective is to provide the opportunity for students to develop greater knowledge of the animal sciences industry. Each year begins with the annual Fall Call Out to welcome students back to campus and introduce the club to new students. The club holds monthly meetings that often include industry guest speakers.
This club offers several unique benefits for students at the University of Illinois. Members gain knowledge about the industry and dairy cows in general. Members' public relation skills are enhanced through networking with dairy farmers and industry personnel of the Midwest, hands-on experience with cattle at the university farm and at livestock shows, and numerous social activities within the club and with dairy clubs throughout the Midwest.
Illini Equestrian Club is dedicated to providing experiences and education for anyone interested in equestrian sports. Whether an individual has been riding for his/her entire life, or has never been on a horse, the club is more than willing to accept him/her onto the team and assist with instruction and learning. It is our belief that, for many people, horses and riding are lifelong passions. We don't want that passion to be unfulfilled because of college.
The mission of the Illini Equine Rescue Society is to help abused, starved, and unwanted horses through our volunteer services at local horse rescues. Club members volunteer with both the Society of Hooved Animals Rescue and Emergency (SHARE) in Dewey, Illinois, and Crosswinds Equine Rescue in Sidell, Illinois, who each act as advocates of equine welfare in the state of Illinois. Through the club’s volunteer work with these local rescues, we make a difference in the health and well-being of rescued horses.
The Illini Poultry Club is open to anyone who loves poultry or wants to learn more about poultry species such as chickens, ducks, geese, and more. Members have attended the International Poultry Exposition in Atlanta, Georgia, for the past three years to learn more about all aspects of the poultry industry. The Illini Poultry Club usually holds two omelet breakfast fundraisers, one in the spring and one in the fall.
The Illini Wildlife and Conservation Club connects and organizes students to volunteer with wildlife and conservation programs in developing countries, assists with funding these trips where possible, and encourages cultural immersion and awareness of the local socio-economic and environmental issues.
The Meat Science Club provides enhanced educational opportunities for students interested in pursuing careers in the meat and animal science industries. Students participate in competitive events on and off campus, which extends their knowledge of the industry. The club also provides a connection between students and various employment and professional development opportunities, including plant tours, "Meet and Greet" gatherings, and "Lunch and Learn" presentations.
This club is for students looking to gain more experience with production animals such as sheep, cattle, swine, and poultry. Trips are taken to places such as Salt Creek Alpacas, Prairie State Semen Supply, and more. The club also has meetings that host educational speakers. No previous experience is necessary.
The Rodeo Club was founded to further the sport of rodeo through participation, spectatorship, and promotion and to allow members to contribute in any of these areas. The club is very committed to preserving the heritage of rodeo, as well as passing our enthusiasm on to the public through education and awareness. The Rodeo Club strives to teach several lifetime skills to its members related to public speaking, negotiating, organizing a major event, budgeting, advertising, and much more.
Saddleseat Illini is a riding discipline that emphasizes both horsemanship and showmanship. The club offers many opportunities for members to get involved and meet other saddleseat enthusiasts. The club represents the University of Illinois in the Intercollegiate Saddleseat Riding Association, where they ride in shows across the country. Although they are primarily a saddleseat club, they welcome riders of all disciplines and riding backgrounds—beginner or advanced!
This club is dedicated to educating and interacting with the local community in order to increase knowledge about companion animals. They have five committees in their club that focus on different aspects in the companion animal field, anti-breed discrimination, puppy mill education, exotic animals, animal-assisted activities, and feline overpopulation.