We were privileged to run into ISU’s veterinarian for the dairy, Bruce Leuschen and a group of students. Gorden explained that currently all students are required to do a food animal rotation, no matter their practice goals. Two of the students said they were primarily small-animal focused, but the beauty in this strategy is that those small animal veterinarians – who come in contact with our day-to-day suburban and urban consumers – will have an appreciation for our modern food animal production systems. These students said they were learning a lot and enjoying the experience at the dairy.
Cardinal-and-gold meets “Big Red”
|Pedometer-like devices are being used by welfare expert Suzanne Millman, BSc, PhD, to study pain associated with dehorning and castration of calves.|
I admit, when I went to school at ISU and
ISU abounds in food animal student programs, especially their beef, dairy and pork programs (SPIKE, D-PIKE, B-PIKE) that I don’t have time to go into here, but go to www.vetmediastate.edu and check them out, and also visit the Veterinary School News section of www.BovineVetOnline.com to see a description of them.
|Weaned heifer calves are moved into group housing. Note the mix of dairy breeds.|
It was great getting up to my old stomping grounds (and if you’ve ever been, to get back to Great Plains Sauce & Dough pizza which is arguably the best), and witness a refreshing resurgence of faculty, facilities and investment in food animal education.
Nice job, ISU.