University of Vermont

Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences (ASCI)

Across the Fence - January 26, 2015

Dr. Greene and Erickson discuss Animal Science summer courses

Drs. Greene and Erickson on Across the FenceDr. Betsy Greene and Dr. Pat Erickson appeared on Across the Fence January 27, 2015 to discuss four travel courses the Department of Animal & Veterinary Sciences offers students. 

  • "You to the Zoo," a course which gives students direct zoo keeping experience in a zoo setting. Students travel to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, NY to participate in a hands-on course involving the daily care of zoo animals. They also travel to the Cornell University Veterinary Medical College and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (both in Ithaca, NY) to better understand how complimentary organizations play vital roles in the conservation and medical treatment of zoo residents. 
  • "The Horse," a course which allows students to understand the principles of horse husbandry and management, emphasizing anatomy, nutrition, preventive medicine, first-aid and common diseases. Students then travel to SUNY Morrisville to the Equine Rehabilitation Facility to participate in a short equine rehabilitation course. The final portion of the course takes place in Saratoga Springs, NY during flat track season were students spend time understanding the racing industry.
  • "Elephant Care, Handling, and Management," a travel course to Florida which introduces and expands students' knowledge and experience in all facets of the care, handling, and management of the Asian elephant. Students also travel to the Ringling Circus Museum in Sarasota, FL to learn about the history of the circus and the elephants' role through the years.
  • "Primer in Alpaca Husbandry," a travel course to Ecuador which permits students to become accomplished in the principal alpaca husbandry practices through daily work with a large alpaca herd, and places alpacas, llamas and vicuñas in their historical and geographical contexts, and examines their potential as generators of income and environmental services.
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