Pre-vet camp for high school students

May 27, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE-Animal lovers who dream of becoming a veterinarian or working with animals can have those dreams come true - at least for a couple of days.

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville School of Agriculture is offering an inaugural pre-veterinary camp June 12 -13, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The camp will be held on campus and at Pioneer Farm where students entering grades 10 - 12 may register to attend sessions to observe and practice veterinary skills and techniques.

The experience will be a special asset for those considering future careers with animals or applications to schools of veterinary medicine.

Students will observe the miracle of embryo transfer by members of the Sunshine Genetics staff.

Workshops include "Veterinary Skills," taught by UWP animal science professor and veterinarian Susan Price. Students will practice suturing, microscopic examination of normal and injured tissue and routine testing.

Animal science instructor and assistant farm manager Alicia Prill-Adams will teach learning about normal and abnormal behavior and proper animal restraint.

Students will practice injections, read x-rays and observe a surgery, taught by local veterinarian Jackie Kieler.

Price and Cory Weigel, UWP dairy herd manager, will instruct students to observe animals, perform a physical examination and make a diagnosis.

Instructor of reproductive physiology animal science professor Michael Mee will instruct students to perform an ultrasound and dissect a cow's reproductive tract.

In addition, there will be mini sessions involving blood collecting, vaccination, dehorning and nutrition.

Cost is $145 and includes all materials, morning and afternoon snacks, lunch each day, transportation to the Pioneer Farm and a t-shirt.

For further information, please contact the UWP School of Agriculture, 608-342-1393.

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