Tag: Animal Science

Meet Meredith!

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29th October

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, I came all the way to the University of Findlay for the incredible animal science program. As a freshman, I am excited to experience everything Findlay has to offer. I am very passionate about animals, veganism, trying new things and being open-minded.

The Final Stretch

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18th April

Countdowns are well on their way as the end of the semester is quickly approaching! There’s great anticipation, tension and horror for the arrival of graduation. We have worked so hard to finally reach this point in our lives and with that comes pride, satisfaction and joy. However, fear, uncertainty and anxiety follow very close behind the joy of graduation. For the past 17 years we have been told what to do, where to be and when, which classes to take and more. We have come to know the routine of classes starting in late August, having a week off of school every other month, and three months of no school for the summer. (Put this on repeat until graduation!) Now, the reality of not having to attend classes, not having that set routine and not being surrounded by the same … Read More »

New Semester – Oh, Babies!

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23rd January

It’s the second week of Animal Handling class and we are already getting dirty and learning in the barn. With the temperature in the single digits and teetering on being negative, thirteen of us were out in the barn getting ready for a hour of fun. As we headed to the maternity room (a busy place this time of year), we were told our duties for the day. Today we would be processing three kids and an orphaned lamb.

When we process the kids and lambs that means were vaccinating and ear tagging. We vaccinate the kids and lambs with BoSe and CDT. BoSe is enriched with selenium, which animals in the north are deficient in, and vitamin E. Also, BoSe protects against white muscle disease and nutritional muscular dystrophy.  On the other hand CDT, which stands … Read More »

To My Dream State!

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5th December

Ever since I was a young girl, I told everyone that the only place I wanted to go in the world was Kentucky and out west. Well, I was able to check off visiting my dream state of Kentucky! In mid-November, the show cattle team drove down to attend and show our cattle in the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky.

We left Wednesday afternoon around 4:30 p.m. in three UF vans with only one stop for dinner and getting to our hotel around 10:00 pm. We were all exhausted after a long drive and day, and were looking forward to some sleep! Forget sleep —  we did not get to bed until a little after 11:00 pm and we had to be up by 3:15 a.m. at the latest. It ended up being a three hour nap.

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Let’s Wrap it Up

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19th November

We practiced our bandaging skills the other day in Equine Handling class for the first time and after a few days of practice we have been able to make some nice bandages. There were three different types of bandages that we practiced; polo wrap, standing wrap and the army navy wrap.

Polo wraps are a very popular wrap used by horse owners, because they are inexpensive, machine washable and easy to use. The wraps are mainly used to protect and support a sore, bruised lower leg, but also protect against injury while riding.

Stable or standing wraps are used on the lower legs of horses for protection, holding a wound dressing on an injury, keeping an injury clean or when traveling.

The army navy bandage is used to cover up a wound and keep the area clean.

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I’ll give it a shot!

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4th November

I had an amazing time in Equine Animal Handling class today! We got to practice injections. Dr. Kerns started the class off by doing a demo of everything we were going to be doing.  Then we were released into our groups, of four or five students, to practice each type of injection. I won’t lie that I was nervous to actually be given a syringe and have to inject it, but I was so excited at the same time.


We practiced two intramuscular injections; gluteus muscle (rump) injection and neck, drawing blood with a syringe and then collecting a blood sample with a Vacutainer® needle. I could hardly believe that I was actually administering medicine to a real life horse. This was the real deal! No fake blood or accidents allowed. I could hardly wrap my mind around the whole … Read More »

Friday Night Fun

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22nd October

On Friday when working with the cattle we broke a record for our shift! We started at 6:00pm and were all cleaned up and on our way out by 7:15pm. Right from working with cattle I headed to Dr. Linda Peck’s annual bonfire for Pre-Vet club.

On a chilly night there’s nothing like standing around a fire, roasting marshmallows and talking with other students in your major. There was hot apple cider to warm your insides along with Dr. Kerns’ grilled hamburgers, fresh fruit and lots of snacks. Behind the barn, in the arena, was a volleyball net for some intense volleyball games to get on their way.

Thank you so much, Dr. Peck, for hosting all of us!! I had a great time mingling with everyone and hanging out with friends.

A group of friends and I went from Dr. Peck’s bonfire back to … Read More »

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